Created: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:30:00 EST
Updated: Sun, 01 Sep 2013 07:06:33 EST
FORT MILL, SC - The Charlotte Knights kicked off their final home stand at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill Saturday.
It's the last series before the team swings into Uptown Charlotte next spring.
"This has been our baseball home for 24 years. Sad to leave this place," said Gene Fortner.
Fortner has held season tickets since day one. Now, he and many other fans say a reluctant goodbye to their favorite ball park.
"I have a lot of good memories here and it's going to be kind of difficult to get to the new one. So, we're kind of sad to see it leave," said Jeff Mitchell, a Rock Hill resident.
Mitchell says Saturday's game may be his family's last after years of nights in the stands.
"We'll never get downtown, we'll never fight traffic and find a place to park. It's just a lot more headaches than what it was sitting right here on the county line,” said Stephanie Mitchell.
Some Knights fans say the move is a good thing for the team.
"A lot of history here but Uptown Charlotte is a great area with a lot of things to do. A lot of bars, hotels and restaurants so I think it's going to take it to the next level," said Steve Wood, a Waxhaw resident.
Construction is underway at the new $54 million BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte where the Knights will play their first game on April 11, 2014.
"It's the sports entertainment central district. You have the arena, Bank of America stadium, now we're playing baseball there and hockey. Everything is centrally located," said Danny Rajkowski, Charlotte Knights executive vice president.
Rajkowski says tickets are going fast. Club seats are sold out and fans have already purchased more than 1,000 season passes.
"It's unusual because we don't have the field in, the seats aren't in, it's so far out. I think that's a positive sign," said Rajkowski.
The Knights will continue this series Sunday night and then play their final game at Knights Stadium on Labor Day. The game is scheduled to start at 2:15p.m.