I don’t really like sports - playing them, watching them, talking about them - yet somehow I managed to land in a family of athletes. And since I spend most of my weekends watching my own children sweat it out on one field or another, you’d think the last thing I’d want to do is go watch a baseball game That all changed when my kids took me to BB&T Ballpark last season for a Knights game. The experience opened my eyes to the fun of the experience of baseball - there’s more to it than just watching a game.
Baseball season at BB&T Park opens this week so we thought we’d share 5 reasons why the Charlotte Knights just might convert you into a fan too!
1 - Affordable Tickets
Seats start at $14, run to $25 for Home Plate Club seats Also available are $8 standing room only tickets. If your kids are like mine they might not sit for long anyway! Buy tickets here.
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2 - Family-oriented theme nights
Friday nights feature Fireworks and the favorite post-game Tennis Ball Toss and every Sunday kids can run the bases after the game. Themes include Princess, Superhero, TMNT, Nickelodeon, Faith & Family, Back to School, and Space Jam
3 - The NTB Royalty Racers & Homer
Despite the fact that they look like giant weeble-wobbles racing around, for some reason my family loves Queen Charlotte, King Meck, and even Jerry the Jester. And how could you not love Homer the Dragon and all his antics?
4 - Levine Children’s Hospital Play Zone
The Levine Children's Hospital Play Zone is located at the end of the first base concourse. It offers a carousel, rock climbing wall, jumbo slide, speed pitch, and a variety of fun activities for our littlest fans. Tickets for the Levine Children's Hospital Play Zone are available for purchase day of game.
5 - Romare Bearden Park
Directly across the street from BB&T Stadium, this is the perfect spot for a pre-game picnic. Although there are new items on the menu at BB&T Park, you may want to pack a snack before heading out and enjoy the two gardens, courtyard of dining tables and chairs,the big green field, a play area with interactive digital chimes including dance chimes, and several waterfalls. For details and events at the park, click here.
Also good to know:
The season kicks off Thursday, April 14. The season schedule can be found here.
Tickets are required for kids over the age of 3, but toddlers can go in for free and sit on your lap
Strollers are allowed in the concourse, but not in the seating area
A $20 donation to Knights Charities will get you a birthday or anniversary announcement, which can be purchased at the Guest Services booth on the day of the game
Gates open at 6:00 for the 7:05 games and at 1:00 for the 2:05 games