One of the country’s best ballparks may not host a major league team. It does, however, feature major league views, food, and brews.
When thinking of Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark, it’s hard not to think of the famous baseball movie Field of Dreams. In the movie, a voice told Kevin Costner over and over again: “if you build it, they will come.”
Charlotte built it. And judging by their consistent spot atop the International League’s attendance chart, people came and continue to come.
What Makes BB&T Ballpark So Great?
The views from your seat are more than enough to give this ballpark an A+ rating, but there’s so much more. They opened the gates for the first time is 2014 and have never looked back. Prior to building the new stadium, the Knights played roughly 30 minutes outside downtown Charlotte. The old ballpark was nothing to write home (or anywhere) about. It was an International League eyesore.
The Knights moved downtown and are now the premier ballpark in the International League, and it’s not even close. There just isn’t a minor league ballpark that compares. From the location to the food, the surrounding area and overall fan experience at the ballpark, BB&T Ballpark is a must stop when traveling to, through, or near Charlotte.
What Should I Eat at BB&T Ballpark?
BB&T Ballpark has all the traditional ballpark food, and then some. If you’re baseball purist, you won’t be disappointed with a hot dog, cold beer and a bag of peanuts. If you’re a BBQ connoisseur then what better place to have some real Carolina BBQ than at the ballpark? The nachos are also a big hit at BB&T Ballpark. Sure, this all sounds great, but what differentiates BB&T Ballpark from the other venues in the league? How about their famous banana pudding filled mini helmet? It’s the perfect late inning treat!
What Beer Do They Serve at BB&T Ballpark?
Most ballparks offer a signature beer that plays to their moniker. BB&T Ballpark is no different. They offer a beer called A Knight’s Ale from NoDa Brewing. The reviews say this is a great IPA and according to the Charlotte Observer, the Beer Geeks approve.
In addition to A Knight’s Ale, BB&T Ballpark also offers beers a variety of beer’s from many of North Carolina’s craft breweries. You’ll see brews from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Natty Green’s and Foothills just to name a few.
Also, if you’re the type that likes to get up and walk around during the game, be sure to check out the OMB Beer Garden. It’s on the third base side and boasts a great view of both the game and the city.
What Else Should I Know?
There are a few other things worth noting about BB&T Ballpark. Parking is always a bit of a wildcard when attending games – especially in downtown settings. There are numerous parking lots around Uptown Charlotte that are just a short walking distance away from the ballpark. The ballpark is also easily accessible from the Lynx Lightrail.
The Knights schedule is comparable to the Major League’s. They open the season each year in April and wrap up in early September. Like other minor league teams, the Knights realize not everyone coming to the game is a diehard baseball fan. They keep the game flowing with entertaining in-game promotions during most half innings and even feature Fireworks on Friday nights. BB&T Ballpark is a great place to catch a game with a group of friends, your family, or even by yourself. There’s something for everyone.
Don't Just Visit. Stay A While.
Here at Frontdesk we love Charlotte, and BB&T Ballpark is just one of the many reasons why. Whether you’re in town for business or entertainment, there is plenty to do in Charlotte. If you’re lucky enough to be in town when the Charlotte Knights are playing at BB&T, you will have no problem getting to the ballpark from one of our many suites.