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Charlotte Knights host inaugural HBCU night

The inaugural event took place Friday night, as the Knights hosted the Durham Bulls for a double-header in Uptown.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Knights announced Tuesday the team partnered with Johnson C. Smith University to host HBCU Night on Sept. 2 at Truist Field. 

The inaugural event took place as the Knights hosted the Durham Bulls in Uptown for a doubleheader. The first of two seven-inning games started at 5:35 p.m.

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Gates opened at 5 p.m., and the first 2,000 fans received a special HBCU shirt. The event featured pre-game performances by the Golden Bullettes as fans entered the ballpark. In addition, there was a pre-game, on-field performance by Blue Satin from JCSU. 

The ceremonial first pitch of the night was thrown by Jemayne King, a JCSU professor. King was a contributing author to “The New York Mets and Popular Culture” book, which is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Friday night was only supposed to see a single game played between the Knights and Bulls, but inclement weather postponed Tuesday's game.

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