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The Charlotte Knights play at BB&T Ballpark in uptown.
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The Charlotte Knights are a minor league baseball team. The Knights are an AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball, and they play at BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte. Their mascot's a dragon named Homer. 

Cam Newton
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There's no shortage of big sports news this week.

Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a one-year signed deal. NASCAR’s only full-time, top-level African American driver, Bubba Wallace, is becoming the face of the sport as another racial incident occurs involving him, and ACC Commissioner John Swofford is retiring. Langston Wertz Jr., a veteran sportswriter for the Charlotte Observer, joins us to talk about these topics and more for Time Out For Sports.

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Gaston County native and former MLB star Wes Helms has been named manager of the Charlotte Knights for the 2020 season.

Opening Day for Major League Baseball is Thursday, but it will make a stop Monday evening in Charlotte. The Chicago White Sox are in town to take on their Triple-A team, the Charlotte Knights. The game gets underway at 6:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark. The game offers the White Sox a final tuneup before Thursday’s opening day game against the Kansas City Royals.

The Knights are the Caballeros this weekend. Posing after the first ball was thrown out were Rocio Gonzalez of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce; catcher Rob Brantley;  Jim Huffman, who was there with the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation c
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  BB&T Ballpark had a different feel Friday night, as Latin music and Spanish language announcements played over the PA system. The Charlotte Knights became the Charlotte Caballeros for the weekend as the team tries to build a following in the Hispanic community. 

Murders were reported on Sunday in both Charlotte and Hickory. Meanwhile, police are asking for help finding the driver of a white SUV who struck and killed another man on Freedom Drive, then left the scene. And N.C. civil rights leader William Barber and other activists have been banned from the state legislature after his arrest in recent health care protest.

The NBA’s commissioner says it’s not a done deal, but Charlotte is again “eligible” to host the NBA all star game after the repeal and replacement of House Bill 2. In other headlines Sunday: Mecklenburg County Democrats picked Jane Whitley as chair at their convention Saturday. Meanwhile, both the Charlotte Knights and Charlotte Checkers had big wins Saturday.

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Charlotte Knights fans may see a little less of the skyline from their seats starting next season. The city's minor league team plans to construct a building on part of the grassy hill beyond the outfield of BB&T Ballpark.

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The Charlotte Knights opened their new season Thursday night at home against the Norfolk Tides. This is the team's second season in BB&T Ballpark, where the Knights relocated last year from their former home in Fort Mill. In 2014,  the Triple-A Knights led the minor leagues in season attendance. An average of about 9,700 fans attended each of 71 home games. The team hopes to attract big crowds to BB&T Ballpark again this season. WFAE's Mark Rumsey discussed the outlook for that with Erik Spanberg, who covers the Knights for the Charlotte Business Journal.   

Knights Setting Records At New Ballpark

Jul 6, 2014

The Charlotte Knights’ move from Fort Mill to a new baseball stadium in downtown Charlotte is continuing to pay off – at least when it comes to attendance.   It was a record breaking weekend at the new BB&T Ballpark. 

Last year, the Knights had the worst attendance in their league. This year, they’re leading all of Minor League baseball in both total fans, and average per game.

Rebroadcast: Charlotte Knights Baseball

Jul 3, 2014
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  The Charlotte Knights are now playing their first season in BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte but it’s not their first time playing in the shadow of our skyscrapers. The Knights and baseball in Charlotte have a long history filled with colorful characters and enduring stories. We’ll celebrate baseball history in our region, the many iterations of ballparks we’ve had, and the journey of baseball back to uptown. And we’ll do so from BB&T ballpark during a Knights game.

NC Wildlife Plans Holiday Boat Checks

May 25, 2014

Memorial Day marks the start of boating and beach season. If you’re headed out on the water, watch out for a crackdown on drinking while boating.  North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission offices are patrolling this weekend looking for people driving boats while impaired.  The commission is in charge of law enforcement on the state’s lakes and waterways. Impaired boaters be jailed and fined at least $250 for the offense.  Officers also will be making sure children 12 and younger are wearing life jackets, and checking to make sure boats have the proper equipment.

Charlotte Knights

  The Charlotte Knights are now playing their first season in BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte but it’s not their first time playing in the shadow of our skyscrapers. The Knights and baseball in Charlotte have a long history filled with colorful characters and enduring stories. We’ll celebrate baseball history in our region, the many iterations of ballparks we’ve had, and the journey of baseball back to uptown. And we’ll do so live from BB&T ballpark during a Knights game. We take you out to the ball game when Charlotte Talks steps up to bat, Tuesday at 9 on 90.7 WFAE.

A New Era Of Charlotte Baseball Begins...

Apr 12, 2014
Michael Tomsic

A hot dog, a cold beer and a spring evening in a sold-out ballpark – minor league baseball is back in Charlotte. After roughly 25 years of playing in Fort Mill, the Charlotte Knights played their first game in their new uptown stadium Friday night. WFAE’s Michael Tomsic was there.   


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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. 


Michael Tomsic

Charlotte’s minor league baseball team practiced in its new ballpark in uptown for the first time Tuesday.


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Minor League Baseball’s big game is coming to Charlotte. The league announced Tuesday that BB&T Ballpark will host the 2014 Triple-A National Championship Game. 


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The Charlotte Knights Wednesday announced that the first game in the new BB&T Ballpark will be played on April 11, 2014 against the Norfolk Tides.   

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The Charlotte Knights are gearing up for their last season of baseball in Fort Mill, South Carolina---their home since 1990. Construction is underway Uptown on the new BB&T Field. That will leave York County with an empty stadium that could become a liability to taxpayers. So the county is looking at what to do with it, come 2014. Duncan McFadyen spoke to Mark Farris, Director of Economic Development for York county. He says a Charlotte company is interested in buying the stadium property, but the county is considering all of its options.


Uptown Baseball Stadium Now Clear Of Lawsuits

Jan 14, 2013
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.

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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