The Charlotte Knights are just a dozen months away from moving into their brand new state of the art home in the uptown section of the Queen City and today they took another step toward making that a reality.
Representatives from BB&T, the bank that acquired naming rights to the stadium, and the Knights unveiled the logos for BB&T Ballpark that was created by local firm Luquire George Andrews.
“Today is a great moment for the Charlotte Knights and BB&T as we unveil a key piece of our historic landmark partnership," said Knights Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski in a release. “Every project like this needs a champion. Our champion is BB&T. This ballpark would not be possible if not for their partnership.”
Ground was broken on BB&T Ballpark on Friday, September 14, 2012 and is on schedule to open the 2014 season next April. Its Center City location will have easy access from I-77, I-277, and major surface streets. It will bring baseball back to Charlotte after a quarter century across the border in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
The Charlotte Knights are the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox and play in the 24th largest media market. The new BB&T Ballpark will have a seating capacity of 10,000 for baseball and will be home to events throughout the year such as concerts, festivals, corporate and community events.
“With the unveiling of the BB&T Ballpark logos today and the continued construction of our new home, we are one step closer to bringing the Knights to Uptown Charlotte in 2014,” added Rajkowski.
The BB&T Ballpark logo features three different variations. The logos will be used throughout BB&T Ballpark, on team letterhead and at upcoming events at the BB&T Ballpark site.
“It's great to drive by the site and see BB&T Ballpark beginning to take shape,” said Wes Beckner, president of the BB&T Charlotte Metro Region. “The excitement is building as everyone sees how accessible BB&T Ballpark will be and how it will add to the vibrancy of the area. We are all proud of what Uptown Charlotte has to offer and what it symbolizes. We believe the BB&T Ballpark logo reflects its place in the Uptown footprint and the phenomenal view fans of the Charlotte Knights will have each game.”
BB&T Ballpark joins the Time Warner Cable Arena, where the NBA Charlotte Bobcats and Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League play, and Bank of American Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, in Charlotte’s uptown sports footprint. A recent report in the Charlotte Observer said the Knights are planning to build a 125 room hotel with underground parking.