College Park

From BR Bullpen

College Park in Charleston, SC, was the home of Charleston affiliated baseball from 1940 through 1995. After that, the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League began playing in a new ballpark in Charleston.

Elvis Presley played to a capacity crowd here in 1956, and the ballpark portrays Buzz Stadium in the film Major League: Back to the Minors (1998).

The Citadel acquired College Park in a land swap with Charleston that provided the site for the city to build the Dogs' new ballpark. The deal gave the school permanent rights to play its home baseball games in the new park while keeping the old one functional for baseball.

College Park is, today, a Citadel practice field. Opened in 1939, it is at least the second ballpark on the site, where the game had been played as early as 1907 - when the city leased some of what was then called Hampton Park to the College of Charleston for baseball.

It was home to the Charleston Rebels (1948-1953), Charleston ChaSox (1959), Charleston White Sox (1960-1961), Charleston Pirates (1973-1975, 1978), Charleston Patriots (1976-1977), Charleston Royals (1980-1984), Charleston Rainbows (1985-1993) and Charleston RiverDogs (1994-1996). It had a capacity of 4,000.