The Charlotte Knights minor league baseball team will hold the 2011 Knights Fest at 10 a.m. April 2 at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill Township.
The Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, will host the UNC Charlotte 49ers in an exhibition game at 7:15 p.m. April 5.
Opening Day will feature Charlotte hosting Norfolk in an 11:15 a.m. game April 7 at Knights Stadium.
The stadium's old 10-foot-tall outfield wall has been altered. Sluggers will have to hit the ball farther, and higher, to be credited with home runs. The old fence measured about 345 feet from home plate to straight-away right and left fields. The new configuration pushes the distance back just 5 feet but forces hitters to hit the ball over a 30-foot wall. The centerfield wall will still be a 10-footer.
A new video board towers above center field.
See video of the new board below.