The Charlotte Knights will break ground Friday on its long-planned baseball stadium in Third Ward – a milestone in the long effort to bring minor league baseball back to the city, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Team officials say the move to uptown will help secure the future of the Triple-A ball club, which has played for more than two decades just over the state line in Fort Mill.
Others say the ballpark could spark development on that end of uptown, including retail and multifamily housing. The stadium site itself also includes room for a possible hotel and restaurant.
The groundbreaking ceremony for what will be called BB&T Ballpark is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, and work will begin as soon as Monday. Construction is expected to be finished in time for the 2014 season.