York County is coming closer to a decision on the future of Knights Stadium, home of the Charlotte Knights (Class AAA; International League) — and the ballpark’s future is not looking too bright.
It’s really a two-part decision: if the ballpark is to stay, what future use could it serve? An easy decision would be to tear down the ballpark and then sell the 33 acres of Fort Mill, S.C. land for development: while not ideal for a facility serving the greater Charlotte area, the location next to the freeway and across the state line would surely be attractive for a developer (or developers) seeking to bring retail and housing to the area.
If the ballpark is kept, then the decision remains on how to reuse the facility in a financially advantageous way, which may include conversion to a county fairground or equestrian facility. But these sorts of uses are more speculative and less likely to be attractive to a developer.
The word here is that county officials are leaning toward tearing down the ballpark. We should know within a month: at the end of August the city manager is expected to make a recommendation.
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Meanwhile, the new Knights ballpark is still on course to open for the 2014 season.