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Local News
11:25 am
Fri April 11, 2014

The Buzz On Charlotte's Baseball Past

Charlotte Hornets line-up for 1957 season opener against Knoxville (from Charlotte Observer clippings archived at UNC Charlotte's J. Murray Atkins Library).
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. 


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Local News
4:25 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Uptown Baseball Stadium Now Clear Of Lawsuits

Charlotte City Councilmembers break ground on Knights Stadium Uptown in September 2012.
Credit 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.

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Local News
12:36 am
Tue October 2, 2012

1930s Building Goes Down Today To Make Way For Uptown Baseball

Virginia Paper Company Building back in the day
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. 

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Sports
3:13 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Knights Uptown Stadium A Sign Of Things To Come

Charlotte Knights owners, supporters use ceremonial shovels to toss sand on home plate of the new baseball stadium to be completed uptown in 2014.
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.

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