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CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS: Knights Baseball News

White Sox Legends Baines, Dotson to Open 30th Knights’ Season in Charlotte
Two Millionth Fan in BB&T Ballpark’s Short History Expected to Attend Friday Night

(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- In just two days, the 2017 Charlotte Knights will begin their much-anticipated 30th season in franchise history. Starting with Opening Knight on Thursday, April 6th, the fourth season at BB&T Ballpark gets underway with a fun-filled, four-game homestand against the Norfolk Tides (Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles). Appearances by Chicago White Sox legends Harold Baines and Richard Dotson, along with Thirsty Thursday ™ (presented by Ink N Ivy), Friday Night Fireworks (presented by BB&T and News Talk 1110 WBT), a Two Millionth Fan Celebration, and Homer The Dragon’s Birthday Party highlight the team’s remarkable Opening Weekend celebration.

Baines, a six-time American League All-Star, will join 1984 American League All-Star Richard Dotson on the field before the game for a special ceremonial first pitch. Baines, who had his #3 jersey retired by the White Sox in 1989, will catch the ceremonial first pitch thrown by Dotson, who previously served as Charlotte’s pitching coach for nine seasons (2008-2016). Dotson is currently Chicago’s Minor League Pitching Coordinator, while Baines serves as a Team Ambassador for the Sox. Baines and Dotson were teammates on the 1983 American League West Division winning White Sox team. Both players will be available for a meet and greet on the concourse from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The first 7,500 fans through the gates on Opening Knight will receive a 2017 Knights Magnet Schedule presented by Piedmont Natural Gas and NC811. Thursday’s opener will also feature the first Thirsty Thursday ™ of the season presented by Ink N Ivy. Fans 21 and over can enjoy $3 domestic drafts and all fans can enjoy $1 small sodas.

A full list of promotions, including giveaways, appearances, and more, are listed below:

Opening Knight: Thursday, April 6th
- Gates: 6:00 p.m.
- Autographs: White Sox legends Harold Baines and Richard Dotson (6:00-6:30)
- First Pitch: Dotson to Baines (7:05 p.m.)
- National Anthem: FOX 46 Morning Show personality, Jason Harper
- Giveaway: 2017 Knights Magnet Schedules to the first 7,500 fans presented by Piedmont Natural Gas & NC811
- Promotion: Thirsty Thursday presented by Ink N Ivy with $3 domestic drafts and $1 small sodas

Friday, April 7th
- Gates: 6:00 p.m.
- First Pitch: 7:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Friday Night Fireworks presented by BB&T & News Talk 1110 WBT
- Additional: Griffin Brothers Night
- Post-Game: The two-millionth Knights’ fan is expected to walk through the gates and the Knights will hold a special post-game celebration with prizes for the lucky fan

Saturday, April 8th
- Gates: 6:00 p.m.
- First Pitch: 7:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Beds for Kids Bedding Drive and fans are encouraged to bring new sheets, pillows, blankets, and comforters to the game to be donated

Sunday, April 9th
- Gates: 1:00 p.m.
- First Pitch: 2:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Sunbelt Sundays presented by Sunbelt Rentals
- Additional: Homer The Dragon’s Birthday Party with mascot friends
- Post-Game: Kids Run the Bases presented by Killingsworth Environmental

Single-game tickets for all games this season, as well as season tickets, and partial season ticket plans, are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the BB&T Ballpark Ticket Office, online at, or by phone at 704-274-8282. Tradition Never Ends!

Tommy Viola
Director of PR/Media Relations
324 S Mint St
Charlotte, NC 28202

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