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Knights host final homestand in Fort Mill stadium

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FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) -

The Charlotte Knights are hosting their final homestand this weekend at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill before moving into the new BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte.

Their last game in Knights Stadium will be played Labor Day.

"This was a hot spot. This place was jamming and jumping," said Charlotte Knights General Manager Scotty Brown.

Brown reminisces over the past 24 years his team has called Fort Mill home.

Knights Stadium has seen many of the big league's stars come through it including Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome.

Brown says what's even more important to him are the lives the park and team have impacted.

"I've been amazed at the number of people who say they created memories here and enjoyed themselves and their kids grew here and it's where they started learning about baseball," said Brown.

Final touches are being put on the new BB&T Ballpark set to be ready for opening day of next season.

The new ballpark is expected to see double the attendance from this year's average which sits at about 4,000.

But with the Knights heading out of town, some business owners in Fort Mill are worried about how this will hurt their bottom line.

"People would come here to eat before going to the games," said Roasting Oven and Grill Owner Aldo Sevillano.

Sevillano says now that the team is on the move, a chunk of his business may be gone as well.

"I'm concerned about that because that was interesting business for me," he continued.

As for Brown, he's confident the area will prosper and encourages fans to help welcome the Knights into their new home.

"This is America's pastime. This is your ballpark, you've kept it going. Help us pass the torch to uptown," said Brown.

The land that Knights Stadium sits on is currently owned by York County.

Fashion Retailer Cato plans to purchase and build a distribution center and a mixed-use development on the site of the current stadium and the surrounding land.

The move is projected to pump $400-million into York County's economy.

Brown says management is looking into the idea of changing the team's logo, uniforms and colors.

 

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