Amateur Sports

Local News
10:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Bojangles Requires Millions In Renovations On Top Of Amateur Sports Spending

A sketch shows a field house next to Bojangles Coliseum, part of the plan to turn the area into an amateur sports complex.
Credit City of Charlotte

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.

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Local News
2:58 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

$51 Million For Bojangles Coliseum? A Talking Document Tells Us Why

Bojangles Coliseum
Credit James Willamor

A request for $51 million of city money to rehab the Bojangles 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.  So we turned to a real person and a talking document to find out.    

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Local News
12:25 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Council Ponders $72 Million Amateur Sports Complex

Concept art for the "GoodSports Village" that city staff presented to the Council.
Credit City of Charlotte

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. 

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Local News
9:32 am
Tue October 22, 2013

In Search Of Developer To Make Bojangles’ Coliseum An Amateur Sports Center

The City of Charlotte has put out a call for proposals to redevelop Bojangles’ Coliseum into an amateur sports center.  The city has agreed to pay $25 million to upgrade the coliseum and buy land beside the property for parking. 

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. 

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Local News
9:31 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Amateurs Are All Right When It Comes To Charlotte Tourism

Nellie Manning is president of the Lake Norman Trio women's bowling league. She's bowled in the US Bowling Congress Women's Championships 35 years, including 2007 when the event was held in Charlotte.
Julie Rose

Charlotte has a lot riding on professional 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 amateur athletes

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