Amateur Sports http://wfae.org en Bojangles Requires Millions In Renovations On Top Of Amateur Sports Spending http://wfae.org/post/bojangles-requires-millions-renovations-top-amateur-sports-spending <p>A plan to turn Bojangles Coliseum and the area around it into an amateur sports complex will require an extra $12 million immediately, staff told city council today. Over the next decade, that amount could rise to over $50 million. Those costs are in addition to millions the council approved for the project in last year’s Capital Improvement Plan.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:29:05 +0000 Ben Bradford 48730 at http://wfae.org Bojangles Requires Millions In Renovations On Top Of Amateur Sports Spending $51 Million For Bojangles Coliseum? A Talking Document Tells Us Why http://wfae.org/post/51-million-bojangles-coliseum-talking-document-tells-us-why <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A request for $51 million of city money to rehab the </span>Bojangles<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Coliseum was a bit surprising. The city has already approved $25 million to renovate the site. This new proposal is still just that, a proposal. But it left us wondering just what this additional money would be used for.&nbsp; So we turned to a real person and a talking document to find out. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:58:11 +0000 Tom Bullock & Ben Bradford 47430 at http://wfae.org $51 Million For Bojangles Coliseum? A Talking Document Tells Us Why Council Ponders $72 Million Amateur Sports Complex http://wfae.org/post/council-ponders-72-million-amateur-sports-complex <p>An indoor, amateur sports complex and a small hotel would replace Bojangles Arena and Ovens Auditorium, under a private developer’s plan the City of Charlotte is considering. It’s the only proposal from a developer the city received, after allocating $25 million in its Capital Improvement Plan to redevelop the underused arena—and the declining area around it. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to take a look at the proposal.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 05:25:44 +0000 Ben Bradford 41090 at http://wfae.org Council Ponders $72 Million Amateur Sports Complex In Search Of Developer To Make Bojangles’ Coliseum An Amateur Sports Center http://wfae.org/post/search-developer-make-bojangles-coliseum-amateur-sports-center <p>The City of Charlotte has put out a call for proposals to redevelop Bojangles’ Coliseum into an amateur sports center.&nbsp; The city has agreed to pay $25 million to upgrade the coliseum and buy land beside the property for parking.&nbsp;</p><p>The city is looking for a private developer to build a 150-room hotel and a sports facility that includes at least eight basketball courts that can be adapted to other uses.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:32:00 +0000 Lisa Miller 37706 at http://wfae.org Amateurs Are All Right When It Comes To Charlotte Tourism http://wfae.org/post/amateurs-are-all-right-when-it-comes-charlotte-tourism <p>Charlotte has a lot riding on <em>professional</em> sports: millions of tax dollars built an arena for the Bobcats, are helping construct a new home for Knights baseball Uptown and will likely renovate Panthers stadium, too. So does it surprise you to learn that more than half of the city's hotel room bookings each year are the result of <em>amateur </em>athletes<em>?&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:31:17 +0000 Julie Rose 25649 at http://wfae.org Amateurs Are All Right When It Comes To Charlotte Tourism