With hopes to convert Knights Stadium, the home of the Charlotte Knights (Class AAA; International League), to an equestion center because of site limitations, the future of the facility is pretty bleak.
The Knights are moving to a new Uptown ballpark in 2014, and York County is looking at what to do with the ballpark and the 32-acre site. There were hopes to convert it to an equestrian center, but that plan is off the table because there's not enough land to make such a project feasible: instead, the county is looking for a 160-acre site elsewhere.
Because of the limited size of the ballpark site, there are few options besides light industrial or retail. The more likely option: a developer will approach the county and attempt to combine the 32 ballpark acres with 220 adjoining acres currently under the auspices of bankruptcy court. This would allow for a large-scale mixed-use development right outside Charlotte.
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