Wearing hard hats and bright orange vests, the media was dressed to take an up to date look at the construction site that is developing into BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday and at the same time hear about the next step in getting fans interested in purchasing special seating plans when the Charlotte Knights move into their new home next April.
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski, who was instrumental in getting the stadium build in the shadow of Bank of America Stadium, the home of the Panthers, and just about a half-mile from the home of the Charlotte Bobcats, was in the bragging mood when he claimed, “This will be the finest ballpark in the country. We encourage our community to step up and purchase tickets as we move the Knights to Uptown Charlotte beginning in 2014.”
Plans and prices for two distinct and exclusive Club Seating season ticket areas were unveiled today for the areas known as “The Upper Club” and “Home Plate Club” which officially went on sale to the general public today.
“What a beautiful day for baseball,” Rajkowski opened his remarks as he introduced four members of the Knights current team, Brent Morel, Charlie Leesman, Seth Loman and manager Joel Skinner. “This is a significant moment for Knights’ fans to become stakeholders at BB&T Ballpark.”
There will be a lot of major league amenities for the Chicago White Sox top farm club including access to private clubs. The upper club, with only 170 seats available, will boast superb views of action on the field not to mention the breathtaking view of the Charlotte skyline. Prices start at $41.00 per game, or $2,900.00 for the full season which also includes food, on three and five year terms.
The press conference was held where the Dugout Suites will be located and on either side there will be a total of 800 padded seats and parking passes available. Those tickets are $21.00 per night, or $1.512.00 for the season per seat. Parking passes will be made available at $4.00 per game which is less than at The Castle in Fort Mill.
There will be only about 1,000 premium seats for corporations and individuals to purchase which is about 10% of the seating availability and as things progress there will be season ticket openings and later in the summer general admission, berm seating and price levels revealed, believed to start at $7.00, and when they can be purchased.
While today was about starting the sales process for the new park, you could not help but notice the progress that was being made where even the second level is starting to take shape. According to Rajkowski the stadium is on-time and on-budget. It is expected in June that there will be a topping-off ceremony where all the steel will be up to become one of the more significant milestones in its construction.
As a backdrop there were plenty of mounds of dirt and construction cranes who stopped just long enough for the press conference. So far there have been no major modifications from the original plans and the team is in exclusive discussions with hotel and other developers for the surrounding land areas.
While Rajkowski still continues the day-to-day operation of the Knights at their present home in South Carolina, he is excited to see the progress he sees each time he visits the site.
“Every time I come out something new is happening. When you’re building something and see it come to life, it’s been great,’ he said and also talked about a team with this city’s name on it returning to its roots. “It’s always been special. We’ve carried the name Charlotte Knights in Fort Mill and we are coming back home. It was keeping it in the region.”
One of the things that many were interested in was if the Knights will still be known as the Knights when they move into their new home. Yes, said Rajkowski.
“We’re going to re-brand our look but we really think the Knights identity and the history that we’ve had here so we’ll have a different kind of look that I think is going to be something special that Charlotte and this area can embrace.”
There is always the concern that there could be date conflicts with the Carolina Panthers at one time or another but Rajkowski said they will be good neighbors in adjusting their schedule like playing a night game when football is going on during the day.
The Knights have already began a BB&T Ballpark Commemorative Brick Program where Knights fans have a chance to become a part of history and personalized ballpark brick will be prominently featured and preserved at the main entrance located at the corner of Mint Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Charlotte Knights Charities.
Bricks are slated to be installed prior to the BB&T Ballpark opening in 2014. Prices for brick packages range from $90-$195. Commemorative bricks can be engraved with up to 15 characters per line. A character consists of letters, numbers, punctuation marks and blank spaces.
For all information about premium and season tickets to the new BB&T Ballpark call Charlotte Knights Sales Department at 980-207-0079 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out how to purchase your commemorative brick please contact the Knights at www.charlotteknights.com/bricks or by phone at (855) BBT-KNIGHTS (855-228-5644).