The dog days of summer are here, and that means baseball to millions of sports fans. Charlotte baseball fans can watch the development of promising young players on their minor league team, the Charlotte Knights. The Knights are a Triple-A farm team of the Chicago White Sox organization.
The Queen City has had a long affiliation with baseball. Beginning with the Charlotte Hornets in 1901, Charlottes teams have appeared in 31 post season playoffs, won 15 league championships, and made it to one Triple-A World Series. The citys teams have been affiliated with several major league franchises over the years, including the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, and the Florida Marlins. Their affiliation with the White Sox began in 1999.
Many talented players have gone on to become major league stars after a stint in Charlotte, including Cal Ripkin Jr., Curt Schilling, Steve Trachsel, Derrick May, Jim Tome, and Manny Ramirez. Boston Red Sox manager Grady Little and Toronto Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca managed Charlotte teams.
In 1989 the team became known as the Charlotte Knights. In 1990 they moved to a state of the art baseball stadium in Fort Mill, South Carolina, just over the state line from Charlotte. Knights Stadium seats more than 10,000 fans. The kids may enjoy visiting the LCH Play Zone before the game. Located at the end of the first base concourse, the Play Zone has a carousel, giant slide, climbing wall, and other fun activities. Tickets may be purchased on game day. Adult fans may want to enjoy the game from the OMB Beer Garden, which overlooks third base. Special home game promotions throughout the 2012 season include post game fireworks following every Saturday evening game, and Family Day activities at each Sunday game. On Thirsty Thursdays, fans can purchase $1 beer and sodas.
The Charlotte Knights are among the 14 teams that play in the International League. At the midpoint of the 2012 season, the Knights are leading their International League South division. The season ends on Labor Day, September 3, with a home game against the Durham Rays.
Three levels of seats are available at Knights Stadium. General admission seats are $9 for adults and $8 for seniors and children ages 2-12 years. Lower level reserved seats are $13 and Field Box seats are $15. Knights Stadium is located at 2280 Deerfield Drive in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Take I-77 south to Exit 88, two miles south of the NC/SC state line. Parking is $4 per car.