First Season in Uptown Charlotte

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Josh Phegley at the plate on Opening Knight at BB&T Ballpark (Friday, April 11, 2014).

It was a remarkable first season in Uptown Charlotte for the Charlotte Knights and the city of Charlotte. After opening the 2014 campaign at BB&T Ballpark on Friday, April 11 — to a packed house — the Knights led all of Minor League Baseball in attendance with an impressive mark of 687,715 fans in 71 regular season home games. Add in the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday, September 16, and BB&T Ballpark welcomed 696,601 fans through the gates — nearly 700,000 fans overall. That’s an astonishing number considering the highest attended season in Charlotte Knights history at Knights Stadium was in 1993 with 429,132 fans through the gates.

There are so many things that I will never forget about the first season at BB&T Ballpark. I’ll certainly never forget Opening Knight. All eyes were on the Knights and BB&T Ballpark and what a “Knight” it was. I’ll never forget when Jordan Danks became the all-time Knights hits leader. I’ll never forget when Eli Shenise signed a one-day contract, and I’ll never forget when Philip Elmore caught his daughter’s first pitch.

Throughout this offseason, keep an eye out to http://www.charlotteknights.com as I will rank the “Top 10” moments in BB&T Ballpark’s first season. There are so many more than just 10, but we’ll start there!

In the meantime, send me your favorite moments from BB&T Ballpark’s first season and I’ll share that here in the “Knight Fever” blog. You can send your favorite moments to me at tommyv@charlotteknights.com or you can tweet them to me at @Tommy_the_V on Twitter!

Also, in the upcoming weeks, I will have weekly blogs as I will follow along with all of the Major League Baseball playoff action. I’ll give my predictions later this week. Also, there will be Alumni Reports, Knight Lights (features), and starting this week, I will be hosting a Charlotte Knights Weekly Podcast.

Stay tuned!

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