This season marks Matt Swierad’s 17th year as the radio voice of the Charlotte Knights. He’s called more than 2,200 Knights games, and he’s about to embark on a new chapter as the team begins playing in its new ballpark uptown. Here, he dishes about Triple-A baseball and his triplet daughters (and now son!).
What’s the feeling as you guys prepare for the new uptown stadium? With the new BB&T Ballpark, no one is going to be more than 21 rows from home plate, so it’s a lot more intimate. It’s also going to centralize the ballpark for a lot of folks. The ballpark in Fort Mill—it was kind of out of sight, out of mind for a lot of folks.
Minor-league baseball is a family experience, wouldn’t you say? You’ll see parents bringing their kids out every night and making memories to last. I remember as a kid, with my dad, going to see the Pawtucket Red Sox. Accessibility to players is going to be something fans really enjoy. You’re so close to the players.
Also new this season, every Knights game will be broadcast live on a Charlotte radio station. We’ll be on ESPN 730 AM, and it’s going to be fun to be back in Charlotte on the radio. It’s been a few years since we left; we actually had our games broadcast in South Carolina.
What do you enjoy most about working with the Knights? The best part of my day is—when it’s a great spring or summer day—when I’m out there watching batting practice. Just hearing the sound of the ball hitting the bat, and having a cup of coffee and watching the guys enjoy going through their pre-game routine.
Matt's Perfect Day
8 am: I wake up and enjoy my morning coffee on the patio in our backyard. I love spending an hour or so outside in the morning before the kids get up, with spring and fall being my favorite times of the year.
10 am: By now all three of my triplet girls are in full play mode, and if it’s nice out, we’re outside on the swings or kicking a ball around the yard.
3 pm: Recess! We’ll go to lunch at Fuel Pizza or grab a prosciutto-and-provolone sandwich—it’s so good—at Derado’s Italian Market in Cornelius. And then a trip to Discovery Place uptown. It’s so much fun there for the kids! derados.com, discoveryplace.org
4 pm: Spending a late afternoon on Lake Norman: Is there anything better than that? My family has always loved the water and my favorite sport is sailing.
9 pm: We’ll get a babysitter and head uptown for dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s, then we’ll catch a show if time permits during my busy schedule. Catching a Charlotte Bobcats game is a favorite, too.