Play Ball: Charleston Sporting Events for Every Season

<alt="Balls"/>Do you love sports? We do!

In Charleston, you have plenty of places to enjoy a sporting event, no matter what season or what sports you prefer.

Here are some of our favorite sporting events you can attend in our great city:

Baseball with The RiverDogs

Every Charleston resident knows where to find family-friendly, affordable (tickets start at $6), and fun entertainment: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, home of the Charleston RiverDogs. The Charleston RiverDogs are a professional minor league baseball team and Class-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

Wondering what a RiverDog is? The name says it all. A RiverDog is a dog that lives within a half-mile radius of a river. Makes perfect sense for team in Charleston, right?

Hockey With the Stingrays

Enjoy hockey? Then you’ll love spending time watching the three-time Kelly Cup Champion South Carolina Stingrays play a game. Their home stadium is the Ice Palace, which probably is the coolest name for a hockey stadium—ever.

Family Circle Tennis Center

The Family Circle Tennis Center provides public tennis courts year-round. Owned by the City of Charleston, and operated by Meredith Corporation, it’s also the location of the Family Circle Cup: the largest women-only event in tennis.

Charleston Sports and Social Club

It is possible to get in shape, crave your competitive hunger, and make friends — all at the same time — thanks to the Charleston Sports and Social Club. You don’t need to be a professional to have fun playing sports. There are thousands of active people and professionals in the CSSC who participate in actives like kickball, basketball, flag football, softball, volleyball, dodgeball, bowling, and cornhole. Yes—we said cornhole!

College Sports in Charleston

If you’re a fan of college sports, you can enjoy events of all types with the University of Charleston and the College of Charleston Athletics. Each college has over 20 different varsity-level teams, so you can enjoy watching sports like baseball, soccer, dodgeball.

Always a Place to Play Ball

Some people like to watch sports. Others like to play them. Perhaps you like to do both! In Charleston, there’s a place for you to do it all.

Who’s your favorite Charleston team? What’s your favorite sport to watch or play in our great city? Share with us below.

The Perfect Outdoor Workout Spots in Charleston

Outdoor workouts

Hampton Park, Charleston SC

With the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® just around the corner (October 20, 2012—mark your calendars!) and fall in full swing, the outdoors are a great place to get in shape for the upcoming 5k! Let Charleston’s natural beauty guide you to a fitter version of yourself and help you meet your exercise resolutions this fall. Whether you enjoy walking, running, or cycling, these incredible open-air venues will keep you inspired and coming back for more workouts:

Hampton Park: Though Hampton Park today is a sprawling 60-acre public park, it was once part of the Orange Grove Plantation owned by John Gibbes in 1769. In 1835, the South Carolina Jockey Club, a group that developed the Washington Race Course on the site, acquired part of Gibbes’ plantation. Though the racetrack once attracted thousands of spectators, today the park is used for scenic outdoor recreation and events. The park is an especially popular venue for walkers, joggers, and cyclists who use the one-mile perimeter road for exercise while taking in the park’s natural serenity.

  • Ravenel Bridge: The Arthur Ravenel Bridge, also known as the Cooper River Bridge, is the perfect destination for runners and walkers who thrive in a more urban setting. The eight-lane cable bridge stretches over the Cooper River, connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant with a total span of 13,200 feet. As you run over the tranquil river, you can watch ocean freighters pass under the bridge on the way to the Port of Charleston.
  • James Island County Park: Enjoy the natural beauty of James Island County Park while you train! Just a short drive from downtown Charleston, the 643-acre park offers an abundance of natural beauty. Take in the grassy open meadows and explore the miles of paved trails perfect for walking, biking, and skating. The park even has an off-leash dog park for your four-legged companion. Park hours in October are from 8:00 A.M. ET until sunset.

So get outside and enjoy the fall weather! After all, exercise is one of the easiest ways to maintain your health after breast cancer or to lower your chances of developing cancer.