On what will be the main concourse of the new BB&T Ballpark, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski announced today that the Knights will officially return to Charlotte on April 11, 2014 when they will host the Norfolk Tides. First pitch will be at 7:05 p.m.
Despite recent weather issues where it has rained nearly every day over the last month, the stadium is right on schedule.
“The Knights last played within the Charlotte city limits on August 31, 1988. That was more than 25 years ago,” said Rajkowski. “The Knights will again defend the Queen City.” With that, mascot Homer the Dragon and the Lord Mayor unfurled a banner to proclaim the return.
There was a little pomp and circumstance as many media and dignitaries, wearing hard hats and neon orange vests, crossed the street for the press conference. A pair of medieval trumpeters played while the Lord Mayor and his consort greeted everyone as they entered near where the left field corner will be. A six-foot statue of a Knight in shining armor was positioned next to the podium where Rajkowski would speak.
The Knights also used this day to say that the nearly 1,000 club seats, 200 in the upper level and more than 800 on the lower, have sold out. They went on sale on May 29. In addition, the team announced that season tickets for the general public are available for purchase.
“We are at 33 percent of our goal,” said Rajkowski, using the ongoing construction as a backdrop. The Knights are looking to sell at least 3,000 season tickets by opening day 2014. The stadium capacity will be 10,200 with 8,000 fixed seats and while there could be a cutoff of season sales at around 5,500, demand could alter that. “The balance will be on a game by game basis, but we’ll see how they sell. We know what we wanted to do minimally in the 3,000 and we’re hopeful to exceed that.”
Previously, existing Charlotte Knights’ season ticket holders and sponsors were able to purchase season tickets to BB&T Ballpark and about 1,000 of them have already been sold. For more information you can email the Knights at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (980) 207-0079. You can also stop by the Knights Uptown Offices located at Packard Place, 222 South Church Street, 3rd floor, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday.