FORT MILL, S.C. -- Fans here might attend major league baseball games,
but the Charlotte Knights' stadium is too far from downtown, it needs upgrading
and a season-ticket base may not be large enough to temporarily support
a team, according to a feasibility study.
The report concluded a team would fly only with a first-class facility
in uptown Charlotte.
Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, used by the Triple A team, is about the
only facility quickly available for the relocated Minnesota Twins. A new
stadium could be built in about two years.
Nearly seven out of 10 people said they would buy tickets to games in
Fort Mill, the study found, but only two of 10 would spring for season
Just under half of businesses said they would buy season tickets; for
individual games, however, only one in 10 businesses said they might buy
The study, conducted for the Charlotte Regional Baseball Partnership,
said Knights Stadium would have to be expanded from 10,000 seats to at
least 24,000 and road access improved.
Don Beaver, who owns the Knights and wants to buy the Twins, would be
responsible for stadium upgrades, and most likely, road improvements, county
While York County would benefit from major-league play for two years,
the Knights would lose their home, County Council Chairman Carl Gullick
said. He said he would like the Twins to stay in York County and questioned
whether Charlotte can do a stadium deal.
``Maybe we go to Charlotte and see if there's a way to put together
an arrangement that's mutually advantageous,'' Gullick said.
Charlotte leaders said they want to build a $200 million stadium downtown
without tax revenue. Area residents do not support using large amounts
of tax money to