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April 18, 2014

Knights Stadium signs on I-77 to be removed

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

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 uses the former Bobcats facility. 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 it owns 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. Also coming down are smaller signs on the exit ramps.

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