… there is an NFL stadium right next door to the baseball stadium. That’s right, in Charlotte, NC, the Charlotte Knights’ stadium is literally next door to an NFL stadium. Not in the next town over, not on the other side of town, not even a block or two away. Right next door.
Charlotte is home to over 800,000 residents, and the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC combined statistical area has a population of 2.5 million. That’s a lot of people who need to be entertained. A visit to BB&T Ballpark suggests that keeping those folks entertained was all part of the plan.
Previously, the Charlotte Knights played in Fort Mill, just down the road in South Carolina. However, that stadium’s location was blamed for the team’s poor attendance and after years of planning and negotiation, the team moved to downtown (actually known as Uptown) Charlotte in 2014. In fact, between the last season in Fort Mill and their first season in Charlotte, attendance more than doubled. In 2016, the Knights had the largest average attendance in Minor League Baseball, averaging 8,974 fans per game.
Perhaps it really is all about location!