Residents can give ideas for Knights Stadium use at Nation Ford High hearing

news@fortmilltimes.comNovember 28, 2012 

— Residents who want to weigh in on what York County should do with Knights Stadium can be speak up at a hearing scheduled for Thurday at Nation Ford High School.

The hearing will be held by the York County Baseball Reuse Committee at 5:30 p.m. in the Nation Ford auditorium in Fort Mill. As the Charlotte Knights prepare to leave their Fort Mill-area baseball stadium after next season, York County staff members have formed a committee to explore what might become of the 33 acres now home to a parking lot and 10,000-seat stadium.

After the Knights announced in 2007 they would return to Charlotte to play in a new downtown stadium, the county received some interest from developers about the property. The Knights, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, have been leasing the land from York County for $1 a year for the past 24 years.

As part of the lease terms, the team shares revenue from the parking lot with the county. The lease requires the Knights to double their parking revenue contribution to the county in their final year in Fort Mill which will be about $225,000 in 2013.

In June, County Manager Baker said the county intends to use some of that parking revenue to determine what to do with the property after the baseball team leaves.

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