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    Fireworks light up the sky over the BB&T BallPark in uptown Charlotte, Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Young fans relax along the first base line at the BB&T BallPark in uptown Charlotte, Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans come to enjoy the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans enjoy the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on the lawn of Bearden Park.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans enjoy the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on the lawn of Bearden Park.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Caitlin Creighton, left, dances with Homer at the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Children play on the grass hill at the BB&T Ballpark at the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    A fan throws a girl in the air as the fans dance during the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    A Renaissance Festival participant plays with a girl standing outside of the BB&T Ballpark at the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Sydney Wottle, left, and her dad Mike hold up their foam fingers as they cheer for the Knights at the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    A fan cheers at the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte Knigths mascot, Homer the Dragon, plays with kids during the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Isabella Perriello, 10, cheers for the Charlotte Knights with a foam finger on her birthday at the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans dance during the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Two Tega Cay Titans baseball teams, 8U (white) and 9U (yellow) wait for the first Charlotte Knights baseball game to begin in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans come to enjoy the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Ross Poole, right, receives necklaces as his prize after playing the spin-the-wheel game before the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014. .
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Tega Cay Titans teammates fight for a foul ball before the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Andrew Sands, right, and Gannon Burt, Tega Cay Titans teammates, wait for the first Charlotte Knights home game to begin in Uptown Charlotte on Friday April 11, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Jim Thome gives the thumbs-up as he takes to the field for the first pitch at the Knights home opener at BB&T BallPark in uptown Charlotte, Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans gather atop the TradeMark building to watch the Knights home opener at BB&T BallPark in uptown Charlotte, Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans gather to watch the Knights home opener at BB&T BallPark in uptown Charlotte, Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans gather to watch the Knights home opener at BB&T BallPark in uptown Charlotte, Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte firefighters sit atop their truck outside the BB&T BallPark to watch the Knights home opener in uptown Charlotte, Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Players take to the field for the National Anthem during the Knights home opener at BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte, Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Grounds crewmen wet down the field prior to the Knights home opener at BB&T BallPark in uptown Charlotte, Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans stand outside of the sold-out first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    A girl receives a balloon creation from the balloon twister at the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    A balloon twister hands a girl a balloon creation during the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans bring out the American flag before the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans wait together to bring out the American flag before the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Fans eat in the BB&T Ballpark before the first Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    A girl waves to the helicopter as it flies over the BB&T Ballpark during the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Kids play on the grass outside of the BB&T Ballpark during the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Tyler Morrell, 2, right, walks down the hill outside of the BB&T Ballpark to the first Charlotte Knights home game in Uptown Charlotte on Friday, April 11, 2014.
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