Ruta Smith

The Charleston RiverDogs announced its 2021 schedule on Thursday, with gates opening to fans May 4 to kick off a six-day home stand at The Joe against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

The opening marks the first time the team has opened on a Tuesday home game. And, due to a more uniform schedule for the upcoming season, all series will run Tuesday through Sunday, with league-wide days off on Mondays. The RiverDogs announced in the offseason that the team would move forward with a Major League affiliation with the 2020 American League champion Tampa Bay Rays.

The team expects to allow fans into all home games this year at reduced capacity, with hopes for full-capacity games if possible. The RiverDogs are working with local and state officials, Major League Baseball and MUSC Health to finalize COVID-19 guidelines to allow guests a safe experience.

“We are thrilled to have a schedule and a clear path to have professional baseball back at The Joe in just a few short months,” said RiverDogs president and general manager Dave Echols. “We’ve got a whole year of fun to make up for.”

He’s not the only one itching to get back to the stadium. The team’s anonymous dog whisperer for Charlie the RiverDog gave the City Paper an exclusive interview recently, painting a picture of a dog ready to get back to high-fiving kids, moms and dads and chowing down on snacks.

“It’s been a challenge for him to have no baseball at The Joe,” our Charlie-whisperer told us. “Baseball season is the best part of every year, and to not have games and not see all of the fans was really hard for Charlie.”

Discounted voucher plans are available starting today and through March 1. Single game tickets will be made publicly available March 7.

A full promotional calendar including game times and fan-favorites like Budweiser Thirsty Thursday, Boeing Red Shirt Friday and more is expected to release soon.

Fans can reserve their seats for games with flex ticket voucher plans online or by calling (843) 577-3647. Plans are in denominations of 10 and 20 tickets, and those who purchase one will get a free “Here for the Dogs” T-shirt.