CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Knights fans, hope you like Columbus, Ohio’s new minor league ballpark. Because, according to a rendering released by the Knights, that’s about what you’re going to get.
On Monday the Knights announced that BB&T would put its name on a new ballpark that the team wants to build in uptown Charlotte. As part of the announcement, the team and Center City Partners released a new rendering of what the park would look like.
Some Ohioans noticed something--the rendering is actually strikingly similar to Huntington Park, the home of the minor league team in Columbus. The skyline has been swapped out, and some identifying marks have been removed, but some of the logos on the scoreboard remain the same.
Jimmy Ruckart, first pointed this out on our NewsChannel 36 page, posting a picture of both ballparks side-by-side:
Moira Quinn of Center City Partners confirmed Tuesday afternoon that, yes, the rendering is of Columbus’ new ballpark, which was built three years ago and is considered to be one of the best minor league stadiums in America.
There can’t be an actual rendering of what the new Knights stadium would look like, Quinn says, simply because it hasn’t been fully designed yet.
The team believes Huntington Park and BB&T Ballpark will share many of the same features, so the Knights used Columbus’ park as a stunt double. The team told her to expect a complete set of renderings in a week or so based on the stadium's actual design.
The Knights need City Council’s blessing to move to their new ballpark, which they hope to open by the 2014 season. If the Clippers come to town then, they might feel right at home.