Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte: Spend $33.5 Million On Arena For Hornets

Aug 26, 2014
Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The city of Charlotte is prepared to spend $27.5 

million in capital improvements for Time Warner Cable Arena, as well as 10 years’ worth of annual payments of $600,000 for ongoing maintenance.

The Charlotte Hornets and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority asked the city earlier this year for nearly $48 

million in arena improvements, many of which the city and the team said are part of a 2003 operating agreement that requires the 9-year-old building to be among the National Basketball Association’s most modern.

David T. Foster, III / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Hornets added some height to their roster with a pair of first-round picks in Thursday night’s NBA draft.   The team used its number-nine choice to draft 6-foot-10 Indiana power forward Noah Vonleh.    The Hornets picked up former North Carolina shooting guard P.J. Hairston with their other first-round choice.    WFAE’s Mark Rumsey spoke with Charlotte  Observer sports columnist Tom Sorensen to get his thoughts on what the new players will bring to the mix for the Hornets.


Hornets Fill Needs In NBA Draft

Jun 27, 2014
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The NBA draft was Thursday night. As WFAE’s Kevin Kniestedt explains, the Charlotte Hornets did well to fill some glaring holes in their roster.

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  Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson on Wednesday became the fifth player in Charlotte's NBA history to make an All-NBA team. That stat is an example of why the used-to-be Bobcats wanted to get more than just the Hornets name back – they also wanted the Hornets' history.

Sure, this is kind of technical, but it's a big deal for Charlotte sports history. When the Hornets left for New Orleans, they took all their stats and records with them – Charlotte no longer got to claim any of that history.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

 

After 12 years away, the Hornets name has officially returned to Charlotte. The city's NBA team finalized its name-change from the Bobcats to the Hornets Tuesday.


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The Charlotte Bobcats were swept out of the playoffs this week, but Coach Steve Clifford says the team achieved something this season it hasn’t had for a long time: relevancy.


Mark Rumsey / UNC Charlotte - University Archives / WFAE

It's a big day in the Charlotte area's professional baseball history. The new 10,000 seat BB&T Ballpark uptown debuts tonight when the Triple-A Charlotte Knights take on the Norfolk Tides.

The Knights had spend the previous 24 seasons in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The region has a long and colorful history of professional baseball. WFAE's Mark Rumsey captured that history in this story, which first aired last summer. 


Michael Tomsic

After 12 years away, one of Charlotte's most beloved brands is coming home. Next season, Charlotte's NBA team will once again take the court as the Hornets. The Bobcats announced the change last summer, and the organization is taking about a year and a half to transition. WFAE's Michael Tomsic reports on the business of bringing the Hornets back.


Bobcats Unveil Future Hornets Logo

Dec 22, 2013
Charlotte Hornets Logo
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The Charlotte Bobcats have unveiled a new logo for their planned renaming as the Charlotte Hornets next year. It’s teal and purple, with lots of sharp lines, a pointed stinger and piercing eyes.

Hornets owner Michael Jordan unveiled the team’s new visual branding at halftime of Saturday night’s game against the Utah Jazz.  The Bobcats will bring back the city’s old NBA team name in the 2014-15 season.

It was November 4, 1988. Players in signature teal and purple uniforms and long, 'baggy' shorts hit the court in a sold-out coliseum. Women wore formal dresses, men wore tuxedos. It was the Charlotte Hornets' first game. They lost. But Charlotte cheered anyway. It was a big deal and over the next several years, "Hornets hysteria" would help put the city on the map - with names like Muggsy Bogues, Dell Curry, Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson. The Hornets moved to New Orleans in 2002, but left an indelible mark on Charlotte. Now the Bobcats are reclaiming the historic name, bestowed on the city during the Revolutionary War when General Cornwallis was driven out, proclaiming Charlotte a "hornets' nest of rebellion." On the 25th anniversary of the Hornets' debut, we'll look back at that special time and gaze into the future as the Bobcats rebrand themselves.

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