First steel beams laid at Knights’ BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte

Posted March 12, 2013 5:52 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

The first steel beams of the new BB&T Ballpark were set in place Tuesday in center-city Charlotte.

This summer, the Charlotte Knights wrap up 23 years at Knights Castle in Fort Mill, and will open the 2014 season in the Queen City.

Knights Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski said today the entire staff is energized about the move uptown.

The $54 million project got underway in September. The City of Charlotte kicked in $8 million to help fund the project while Winston-Salem, N.C., based BB&T owns the naming rights to the facility.

Rajkowski said he is thrilled with the progress of the new facility.

And as for the future of Knights Castle? That’s yet to be determined.

Charlotte fashion retailer Cato Corporation recently bought up 260 acres surrounding the stadium and has a early plan of turning the former Gold Hill property into a mixed-use development. That, eventually, may also include the 32-acre stadium.