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Charlotte Knights office staff plans move to new uptown stadium

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    PHOTOS BY MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Progress continues on the BB&T BallPark, the new home of the Charlotte Knights. This view of the stadium is from the south.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    This view of the stadium is from above the entrance on South Mint Street.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Progress continues on the BB&T BallPark, the new home of the Charlotte Knights. Pictured is the entrance behind centerfield with the skyline in the background.

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The Charlotte Knights front-office staff is planning to move into the new BB&T Ballpark uptown on Feb. 1, the latest step as the minor-league baseball team finishes its long-awaited move into the center of Charlotte.

The team store should be open by March 1, media relations director Tommy Viola said Wednesday.

And the Knights appear to be getting a good reception as workers put finishing touches on the new uptown stadium. The team is about halfway to its goal of selling 3,600 season tickets, Viola said.

The team said goodbye to its Fort Mill, S.C., home after 24 seasons in early September, ceremonially digging up home plate and removing the bases after the Knights’ final home game of the season. Charlotte-based fashion retailer Cato Corp. has purchased the old site, with plans to build a mixed-use development project that would include a distribution center, office space and stores.

Some of the team’s front-office workers have continued to work at the stadium, while the rest have taken up residence in the Packard Place building on South Church Street adjacent to the stadium.

Construction on the $54 million stadium began in October 2012. The first game in the new stadium is scheduled for April 11 against the Norfolk Tides. The (Rock Hill) Herald contributed.

Dunn: 704-358-5235; Twitter: @andrew_dunn
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