Charlotte, North Carolina
BB&T Ballpark, home of the Charlotte Knights, is proudly acclaimed for bringing baseball back to Charlotte. The decision to design and build a new stadium in uptown Charlotte garnered support from the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Collaboration among the City and County, the Charlotte Knights, architects, and project team helped bring the project to reality.
The stadium, with seating for 10,000 fans includes concession areas, full team and media facilities, team store, and natural-grass field. To accommodate the large facility on the 8.5-acre lot, the City worked to make allowances for parking and street modifications in Charlotte’s Third Ward neighborhood.
The new ballpark provides 22 private, luxury suites which include refrigerators, air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions, cabinetry, granite counter tops, cable television feeds, and access to a private suite-level entrance.
The interior stadium areas total 101,414 heated SF, and the exterior, unheated areas encompass 136,730 SF. The ballpark was oriented to provide a stunning view of the Charlotte skyline from nearly every vantage point, particularly home plate.
The project team worked closely with the owner to manage the budget accordingly by conducting cost benefit analysis, life cycle cost analysis, and value engineering. To accommodate the compressed project schedule and phased construction, the project was managed closely with early release on all designs.
With affordable ticket prices, grass seating berms, stepped dining terraces, standing drink rails, a picnic area, and the Home Run porch, BB&T Ballpark is leading the Minor League in attendance, drawing record numbers of fans and families from the region to enjoy America’s favorite pastime once again in the heart of Charlotte.