CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The owner of the Charlotte Knights is asking Charlotte City Council members for $11 million in taxpayer money to help bring baseball to uptown.
Owner Don Beaver told members of the economic development committee he’s been working to make this happen for eight years and he stuck through several lawsuits and a down economy because the site at Graham and Third streets is the most desirable place to bring minor league baseball in the U.S.
He promised a $38 million economic impact. But City Council members voiced concerns about noise and traffic for residents in the area and concerns over where the money would come from.
The Knights have already built a symbolic home plate on the property and are currently working on designs for the stadium.
They hope to start construction in October of this year and actually play ball in April 2014.