Knights Stadium signs on I-77 to be removed

dworthington@heraldonline.comApril 19, 2014 

The large signs on I-77 directing traffic to Knights Stadium will soon be coming down. The Knights are now playing in their new Charlotte ballpark after a 25-year run in Fort Mill.

DON WORTHINGTON — dworthington@heraldonline.com

— Interstate 77 signs directing traffic to Knights Stadium in Fort Mill will soon be coming down.

Terry Morris, traffic engineer with the state Department of Transportation office in York County, said a contractor is scheduled to remove the signs on April 25.

The 18-foot-tall signs are at the Gold Hill Road interchange. The southbound sign, at one time, also directed traffic to the Bobcats basketball training facility.

The Knights have returned to Charlotte this spring, playing their inaugural season at BB&T Ballpark after 25 years of playing baseball in the Fort Mill area.

The Bobcats moved their training facility to Time Warner Cable Arena in 2005.

Lifepointe Christian Church now uses the former Bobcats facility. And York County is in the process of selling the baseball stadium and 23 acres to Cato Corp., the Charlotte-based fashion retailer. Cato plans to tear down the stadium and develop about 300 acres into a variety of retail, office and commercial uses.

The interstate signs will be returned to the state Department of Transportation where they will be “reskinned” and used elsewhere, Morris said.

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