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Old 06-26-2012, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I made a blog post on what should be done with Knights Stadium after hopefully the Charlotte Knights move to Uptown in 2014.

A stadium of 10,000 or so should not be wasted. What I would do is to expand the stadium by 10,000-15,000 seats or so in order to make it a soccer stadium for the MLS. As we have seen, soccer is a fast growing sport in this area, with those Gold Cup games being held here last year at B of A.

You can read more info about this here:

http://carolinasportsthoughts.blogsp...should-go.html

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Old 06-26-2012, 11:33 PM
 
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Not a terrible idea, but it looks like there is only one stadium in the MLS that seats less than 18,000, and only one other team besides that one had an average attendance less than 12,000 this year.

Along those lines, most minor league baseball stadiums do not have seats in the outfield. So I'm not sure what they would do to get seats in that area for the soccer games.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:32 AM
 
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Since soccer is known as football in the rest of the world why can't it be played at the BofA stadium? Seems like it would be more than enough seat wise. It sounds, from listening to the local news that the local government has other plans for the old venue.

(metric football)
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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Since soccer is known as football in the rest of the world why can't it be played at the BofA stadium? Seems like it would be more than enough seat wise. It sounds, from listening to the local news that the local government has other plans for the old venue.

(metric football)

From what I have read, MLS wants all new teams to have a plan and funding for their own stadium.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:31 AM
 
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I would have much rather seen an MLS team uptown than minor league baseball. I don't think the rest of Charlotte would support that, though.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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I would have much rather seen an MLS team uptown than minor league baseball. I don't think the rest of Charlotte would support that, though.
Me too. I would go to more Soccer games in uptown than Baseball.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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Since soccer is known as football in the rest of the world why can't it be played at the BofA stadium? Seems like it would be more than enough seat wise. It sounds, from listening to the local news that the local government has other plans for the old venue.
(metric football)
I imagine it'd be too expensive to open the doors of BOA for a <20k crowd.
As for putting an MLS team in Fort Mill - although I am a soccer fan, if I'm honest I probably wouldn't drive more than 10 miles for an MLS game.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:58 PM
 
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The Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC) did both of these things and both were terrible: for the first 12 years or so they played in Arrowhead stadium so even if they got a good MLS crowd it still seemed completely empty and dead in a 78,000 seat stadium. And then for 2 years while they were building their new soccer-specific stadium they played in a minor league baseball park (true, it was single A and I'm sure much smaller than the Knight's stadium) but apparently it was a total joke because they had to have the smallest field in MLS just to fit it in the stadium, no sidelines, etc. I suppose if they could expand the Knights stadium to 15,000 and change it around to make it fit a soccer field then it could work, though.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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I imagine it'd be too expensive to open the doors of BOA for a <20k crowd.
As for putting an MLS team in Fort Mill - although I am a soccer fan, if I'm honest I probably wouldn't drive more than 10 miles for an MLS game.
I wouldn't walk 10 minutes for an MLS game.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:53 PM
 
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Whoops, didn't even realize the OP was about the old Knights stadium and not the new one, but I guess my point is still applicable.

I've never been to the current Knights stadium, but if it's not good enough for a minor league baseball team then why would it be good enough for a major league soccer team?
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