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Sports Business Journal Names Charleston Leading Minor League Market in 2022 Rankings

September 20, 2022 – Carolina League (CarL) – Charleston RiverDogs Press Release

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Charleston, South Carolina — The Sports Business Journal named Charleston the top minor league sports market in the nation in its biennial rankings released Monday afternoon. The Charleston RiverDogs are one of three minor league franchises in the city, alongside the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL and the Charleston Battery of the USL Championship. The Charleston Market had been ranked in the top ten four times before, but had never made it to the top of the list.

“We’ve always known how special Charleston is when it comes to supporting local sports franchises, so it’s gratifying to see this community receive the proper recognition in a reputable publication like Sports Business Journal,” said Dave Echols. , President and CEO of RiverDogs. “We are thrilled to be a part of this community alongside our friends the Stingrays and Battery and appreciate the lasting relationships we have built in Charleston. This news comes just after a crowd of over 6,000 people stood up to watch our game. gain on Sunday, so this ranking was well deserved”.

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park hosted a total of 251,491 fans this season in 63 RiverDogs home games, an average of 3,992 per game. That average was third in the Carolina League and fourth among 30 teams at the Single-A level. The RiverDogs unveiled a new club lounge area at The Joe in 2017. now called “The Segra Club”, which is available year-round for private events. The team will host around 125 events at the club this year. Additionally, the RiverDogs set franchise records for attendance in 2018, ticket and sponsorship sales in 2019, and merchandise sales in 2021 and 2022.

This year’s rankings represented the ninth time Sports Business Journal has produced a ranking of minor league markets. The first was in 2005 and subsequent rankings followed every two years until the 2021 edition was pushed back to 2022 due to the pandemic. The project included rankings of 320 professional teams in 34 leagues from 195 different markets.

Other top-rated recent markets include Grand Rapids, Des Moines, and the Quad Cities. Charleston has slowly risen to the top of the list, having been ranked fifth in 2015, fourth in 2017, and third in 2019. Fort Wayne, IN finished second behind Charleston this year.

Season passes, Dog-E Coin plans and group tickets, including options for the Segra Club at Riley Park, are available at The Segra Club is also open for events year-round. Visit for more information. The all new RiverDogs Food Truck is available for your next event! Contact the RiverDogs front office at 843-577-3647 (DOGS) for more information.

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