I was listening to the Los Angeles Dodgers game Sunday night, and the broadcast team of Charley Steiner and Rick Monday noted that official attendance figures in baseball are obtained during the fifth inning, then passed on a story from the minors sixteen years ago:
In the first season at The Joe, the RiverDogs set a new single season attendance of 234,840 — a record that would be eclipsed almost annually. The record was even broken in 2002 despite the outlandish game night promotion of “Nobody Night,” when no fans were allowed in to the ballpark until the game became official thus allowing the RiverDogs to set the record for lowest official single game attendance: zero.
The Charleston (South Carolina) RiverDogs, then the Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, started playing at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, named for Charleston’s longest-serving mayor (1975-2016), in 1997. The Dogs, still in the South Atlantic League, are currently the Class A club in the New York Yankees system.