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Charlotte Knights celebrate 1st uptown season of success

Fireworks often symbolize big-time Center City celebrations, and one of the most memorable came on the Fourth of July at BB&T Ballpark.

It was one several signature events helping to define the new home of the Charlotte Knights.

With the first season uptown now in the books, the front office is releasing a new post game report.

By the numbers 31 sell-outs, more 687,000 fans, and the most home runs in the minors.

Executive Vice President Dan Rajkowski also takes pride in what's happened off the field.

"I think this location of this ball park has energized the development around it," he said.

Not just new development of apartments and condos, but, business observers also credits some of the success of nearby Romare Bearden Park.

Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan agrees.

"People have additional places to go, and they are quality places. They are symbols of us continuing to invest in the future of this community," he said. "I would say that it is a grand slam home run."

However, decision makers keeping score at the BB&T Ballpark are still striving for a passing grade.

"That's how we work. We can always get better. We can always improve. Traditionally, your second year, you're always smarter than you were the first year," Rajkowski said.

And team decision makers are hoping for one last sell out later this month.

That's when BB&T Ballpark will host Minor League Baseball's Championship Game.

The team also announced that it was awarded the Leed Green Building certification which recognizing the stadium for being energy efficient and environmentally sound.

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