This week I traveled across the border to Ft. Mill South Carolina, to celebrate the season's most popular sport, and the areas most competitive team. Thousands of fans watched as the Charlotte Knights took on the Durham Bulls.
"I think it's great. It's great. Every year they put out a good team and it's fun to come and watch them." Dan Thompson lives nearby in Tega Cay. He's been watching the Charlotte Knights play for years. "It's so easy to get to... inexpensive...the crowds are generally polite, so things don't get unruly."
Thousands pack in each game to root on the home team, and to see Homer the dragon, their popular mascot. Tickets start at five dollars, and the Knights have discount opportunities each day of the week. If you go on Mondays, take part in their all you can eat offer, included in the price of admission. People line up for these lip smacking dishes. You can buy peanuts and cracker jacks, but the hotdogs, chicken fingers, and pizza are the true fan favorites. Thursdays are one dollar drink days, for the thirsty.
The Knights are the feeding team for the Chicago White Sox, and you will quickly see this is no amateur deal. "When one of their star players gets injured, they send them to us and we work their way back to health," said Patrick Starck, the Knights media director.
"These guys are one step away from the major leagues. We have a lot of guys with major league experience," said Starck. Alumni of the team include José Canseco, Manny Ramírez, Jim Thome, and Josh Fields, to name a few.
Regardless of your major league team preference, Knights games are fun for everyone. It's great quality baseball at an affordable price.
Charlotte Knights DEALS!!!
Every Sunday is BB&T Family Sunday, and kids can run the bases after the game sponsored by Discovery Place.
Every Monday is All You Can Eat Night where you can get a General Admission ticket and all you can eat hot dogs, popcorn, nachos & soda for $19.
Every Tuesday is a buy one ticket get one ticket free with a KRAFT Singles with purchase. Bring your package wrapper to a Knights Game on Tuesdays for a steal of a deal!
Every Wednesday is Harris Teeter VIC Card Wednesday where you can buy one ticket get another free when you show your Harris Teeter VIC Card.
Every Thursday is Hickory tavern Thirsty Thursday where we have $1 beer and soft drinks
Free Stuff Friday's include giveaways each week.
All Saturday's are followed up with a fireworks show presented by Bank of America
START: Charlotte, NC US
1. Start out going SOUTHWEST on S TRYON ST toward W 4TH ST. (go 0.5 miles)
2. Turn RIGHT onto W HILL ST. (go 0.1 miles)
3. Merge onto I-277 S/US-74 W. (go 0.8 miles)
4. Merge onto I-77 S via EXIT 1B toward COLUMBIA (Crossing into SOUTH CAROLINA).
5. Take the GOLD HILL RD exit, EXIT 88, toward TEGA CAY. (go 0.3 miles)
6. Turn LEFT onto GOLD HILL RD/SC-98. (go 0.3 miles)
7. Turn RIGHT onto DEERFIELD DR. (go 0.5 miles)
8. Turn RIGHT to stay on DEERFIELD DR. (go 0.2 miles)
9. 2280 DEERFIELD DR. is on the LEFT. (go 0.0 miles)
END: Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Dr., Fort Mill, SC 29715 US
TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 20 minutes | DISTANCE: 15.56 miles