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The Charlotte Knights have been working for several years toward a new downtown ballpark. After visiting Knights Stadium, it's easy for me to see why: Although Knights Stadium is a newer ballpark (opening in 1990), it's not very nice and not very convenient. Located 14 miles south of Charlotte in Fort Mill, S.C., it seems much farther away; crossing a state line just makes the journey farther than it really is. It is functional in a brutal sort of way: the main concourse is nice and wide, there's a second deck featuring cheap general-admission seating, and grassy berms down each line are opened when there's a large crowd at hand.

FAST FACTS

Year Opened: 1990
Capacity: 10,002
Dimensions: 325L, 400C, 325R
Website: charlotteknights.com
Phone: 704/357-8071
League: International League (Class AAA)
Affiliation: Chicago White Sox
Ticket Prices: Field Box, $13; Lower Reserved, $11; General Admission, $7
Parking: A sea of parking awaits you at $2 per car. There's no free parking within walking distance of the ballpark, however.
Address/Directions: 2280 Deerfield Dr., Fort Mill. From I-77 in South Carolina, take Exit 88 (Gold Hill Road) and follow the signs to the ballpark.

The Charlotte Knights have been working for several years toward a new downtown ballpark. After visiting Knights Stadium, it's easy for me to see why: Although Knights Stadium is a newer ballpark (opening in 1990), it's not very nice and not very convenient. Located 14 miles south of Charlotte in Fort Mill, S.C., it seems much farther away; crossing a state line just makes the journey farther than it really is. It is functional in a brutal sort of way: the main concourse is nice and wide, there's a second deck featuring cheap general-admission seating, and grassy berms down each line are opened when there's a large crowd at hand.

It's hard to hold the Knights completely responsible for the atmosphere at Knights Stadium; there's only so much one can do with so much exposed concrete. The team draws OK and there seems to be enough promotions; during my visit Mrs. South Carolina (shown above) made an appearance (and what would a baseball game in the Carolinas be without an appearance by a beauty queen?), and hundreds of school kids seems happy to be at the ballpark.