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Old 07-12-2017, 08:12 AM
 
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Since the 2014 opening of their new ballpark in downtown Charlotte, N.C., the Knights have seen a huge increase in attendance and profitability. Last season they boasted almost 670,000 fans total, with an average of 9,428 per game – the highest in minor league baseball. We estimate that the team is now worth $47.5 million and last year turned a $5 million profit – the third-most in the minors – on $17 million in revenue.

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Old 07-12-2017, 10:09 AM
 
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Considering Charlotte is between two National League teams, the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals, it would be logical to have an American League team.
Declining sport or not, that could create some happy relocated Yanks, Tribe, Tigers, Orioles, Bosox, etc. fans versus happy Mets, Cubbies, Phillies, Braves, Nationals, etc. fans. Not so sure either would help sell season tickets or be a desired goal ...

Moving from Ft Mill to a location apparently made sense (attendance #s), but had the Knights' owners and city truly envisioned a major league team within a decade or so the current space-constrained stadium location might not have been considered. On the other hand, they can get a decade or so out of the current adequate minor league stadium, potentially tear it down as is Charlotte's way, and possibly move on down the road. Missed opportunity when property was previously less costly along the blue line?
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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I think you'd look outside the uptown area for a place to park the stadium. While the city of Charlotte may not necessarily be ready to up taxes to pay for anything additional, I bet there are other municipalities that would be happy to find a home and chip in money to help pay for it.
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Old 07-13-2017, 06:15 AM
 
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MLS would be a success in Charlotte with the large number of Hispanic. Australians and European residents that reside here. Soccer fans tend attend and follow other games than their hometown games. They follow all teams to a degree in anticipation of who will make it to the world cup, etc. The city of Charlotte has also shown that here is great promise with the past attendance at previous professional soccer games. There is an obvious reluctance with the area council since the there are few to no members that follow soccer. If if were funding for basketball or something that would benefit their reelections, they would be no reluctance.
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Pixley
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Interesting that Manfred would consider mentioning Charlotte knowing that a new minor league stadium was just build in Uptown - other than noting that the numbers indicate the Knights are currently the best drawing minor league team.

Perhaps is is for leverage against Oakland and Tampa and hoping they do not fully understand the situation in Charlotte (although they must know we just build a new minor league stadium in town).

It could also be used as leverage against Sacramento and Indy to perhaps pressure one of them into committing to a stadium when the time comes for expansion.

Unless a committed owner comes forward to build a stadium with their own funds, a major league stadium built with any public funds would be a hard sell here for many years to come. But enthusiasm has a way of pushing those concerns aside sometimes.
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:04 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Baseball is failing as a sport, tv eyeballs are elsewhere. I think MLB should fix the problems they already have before expanding.
Baseball does not have the problems and failures basketball and football do.
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:06 AM
 
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Baseball does not have the problems and failures basketball and football do.
Tell me more.
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Old 07-13-2017, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Interesting that Manfred would consider mentioning Charlotte knowing that a new minor league stadium was just build in Uptown - other than noting that the numbers indicate the Knights are currently the best drawing minor league team.

Perhaps is is for leverage against Oakland and Tampa and hoping they do not fully understand the situation in Charlotte (although they must know we just build a new minor league stadium in town).

It could also be used as leverage against Sacramento and Indy to perhaps pressure one of them into committing to a stadium when the time comes for expansion.

Unless a committed owner comes forward to build a stadium with their own funds, a major league stadium built with any public funds would be a hard sell here for many years to come. But enthusiasm has a way of pushing those concerns aside sometimes.


This. It was all about putting pressure on other cities to build stadiums and he just looked at the list of top attendance cities in the minor league and through out the name on top. Yet I'm sure he's glad that it stirred up/wasted countless hours of pointless water cooler talk for having a MLB team in Charlotte in the interim
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Old 07-15-2017, 03:42 AM
 
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MLS over MLB.
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:15 AM
 
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MLS over MLB.
Charlotte have the demographics right now to support an MLS team (youngins, growing immigrant and/or hispanic population). Given the commissioners recent comments regarding MLS locations being 'tested' by their ability to draw crowds for international events, Charlotte is a suitable soccer stadium away from getting it. However, the last known deal put forth by Smith likely won't do it for the City Council (at least not Eiselt, given her return email to me on the subject).

MLB expansion won't happen for 5+ years in my opinion, barring some miracle happening with Oakland and Tampa regarding their stadium situations. If Charlotte maintains their current growth patterns, there's reason to believe the city/county could support both additions.
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