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Mark Rumsey / UNC Charlotte - University Archives / WFAE

It's a big day in the Charlotte area's professional baseball history. The new 10,000 seat BB&T Ballpark uptown debuts tonight when the Triple-A Charlotte Knights take on the Norfolk Tides.

The Knights had spend the previous 24 seasons in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The region has a long and colorful history of professional baseball. WFAE's Mark Rumsey captured that history in this story, which first aired last summer. 


Uptown Baseball Stadium Now Clear Of Lawsuits

Jan 14, 2013
Julie Rose

The Charlotte Knights baseball stadium now under construction Uptown nearly didn't happen because of Jerry Reese.  He's a local attorney who filed a series of lawsuits to block the stadium deal just as the recession hit and funding for the project became harder to find. Reese has now agreed stop fighting the stadium in court. 

Jerry Reese is not against having a baseball stadium Uptown – he just thinks it should be for a Major League team, rather than a Minor League one like the Charlotte Knights.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Construction is underway on the Charlotte Knights' stadium uptown.  To make room for that, another building must tumble.  That's the Virginia Paper Company warehouse built in 1937.  We didn't know much about the building, so WFAE decided to check into its history.

The Virginia Paper Company building looks unremarkable.  It's a two-story brick building on West 3rd Street, just north of Bank of America Stadium.  But it offers a window into the city's commerce during the first half of the 20th century. 

Knights Uptown Stadium A Sign Of Things To Come

Sep 14, 2012
Julie Rose

The Charlotte Knights broke ground Friday on what will likely be one of the last new minor league baseball stadiums built in the next few decades. The Knights began trying to get an Uptown stadium seven years ago, but were delayed by lawsuits, a recession and the reluctance of local government leaders to spend tax dollars on the project. 

The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County ultimately agreed to contribute $8 million each and free use of the eight-acre site. That's less public support than teams have typically received during a twenty-year boom in stadium construction.