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Time Lapse: Building the Charlotte Hornets
Time Lapse: Building the Charlotte Hornets' court
Published: 2014/07/26
Channel: CBSN
The return of the Charlotte Hornets
The return of the Charlotte Hornets
Published: 2014/10/29
Channel: Charlotte Observer
FOX Sports Time Warner Cable Arena Tour
FOX Sports Time Warner Cable Arena Tour
Published: 2013/03/27
Channel: FOX Sports South
LYNX Passing CTC/Spectrum Center/Arena
LYNX Passing CTC/Spectrum Center/Arena
Published: 2017/01/21
Channel: Vil Villa
Hockey to hoops time-lapse at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
Hockey to hoops time-lapse at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
Published: 2012/04/08
Channel: Todd Sumlin
Charlotte Hornets | Time Warner Cable Arena
Charlotte Hornets | Time Warner Cable Arena
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: Brandon2450
Stadium Wi-Fi Gone Wild: Time Warner Cable Arena Case Study
Stadium Wi-Fi Gone Wild: Time Warner Cable Arena Case Study
Published: 2013/07/03
Channel: Ruckus
Entrance into Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte
Entrance into Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte
Published: 2010/11/13
Channel: David Locke
Justin Timberlake concert in Charlotte, NC @Time Warner Arena
Justin Timberlake concert in Charlotte, NC @Time Warner Arena
Published: 2015/02/09
Channel: Joshua Wilson
Winter Jam 2017 2 19 2017 Spectrum Arena Charlotte
Winter Jam 2017 2 19 2017 Spectrum Arena Charlotte
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: Ron Deshaies
Spectrum Arena Halftime
Spectrum Arena Halftime
Published: 2017/02/27
Channel: SFortune17
#monsterjam 01/07/17 Spectrum center Charlotte nc
#monsterjam 01/07/17 Spectrum center Charlotte nc
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: VOLVO VIKING
Insane Unicycle Rider @ Spectrum Center (Charlotte Hornets Stadium)
Insane Unicycle Rider @ Spectrum Center (Charlotte Hornets Stadium)
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: Jacob Reinhardt
Time Warner Cable Arena Needs a New Roof
Time Warner Cable Arena Needs a New Roof
Published: 2010/04/12
Channel: T.J. Asuega
History of Charlotte Basketball display at the Spectrum Center
History of Charlotte Basketball display at the Spectrum Center
Published: 2015/02/15
Channel: Aaron S. Terry
Happy 10th Anniversary Time Warner Cable Arena
Happy 10th Anniversary Time Warner Cable Arena
Published: 2015/10/24
Channel: Spectrum Center
Red Hot Chili Peppers @Spectrum Center Charlotte
Red Hot Chili Peppers @Spectrum Center Charlotte
Published: 2017/04/18
Channel: armandolgg
Time Warner Cable arena, home of the Charlotte Hornets
Time Warner Cable arena, home of the Charlotte Hornets
Published: 2016/05/02
Channel: dslhummer2002
Barry Silberman on Time Warner Cable Arena
Barry Silberman on Time Warner Cable Arena
Published: 2013/07/31
Channel: Hunt Construction Group
Ariana Grande Honey Moon Full TOUR Charlotte NC Time Warner Cable Arena
Ariana Grande Honey Moon Full TOUR Charlotte NC Time Warner Cable Arena
Published: 2016/02/27
Channel: cedric bradford
Star Spangled Banner at the Time Warner Cable Arena
Star Spangled Banner at the Time Warner Cable Arena
Published: 2012/03/26
Channel: p00pk
Hornets signage begins to appear at Time Warner Cable Arena
Hornets signage begins to appear at Time Warner Cable Arena
Published: 2014/05/19
Channel: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Hornets host Grant Thornton interns at Spectrum Center
Charlotte Hornets host Grant Thornton interns at Spectrum Center
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: Grant Thornton US
College Basketball Venue - Time Warner Cable Arena
College Basketball Venue - Time Warner Cable Arena
Published: 2011/03/06
Channel: Google Earth
KENDRICK LAMAR "HUMBLE." Live at Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC 8.29.2017
KENDRICK LAMAR "HUMBLE." Live at Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC 8.29.2017
Published: 2017/08/31
Channel: G Wall
Kendrick Lamar Intro Part 2 At Spectrum Center in Charlotte NC (8/29/2017)
Kendrick Lamar Intro Part 2 At Spectrum Center in Charlotte NC (8/29/2017)
Published: 2017/08/30
Channel: African Confidential
Milwaukee Bucks vs  Charlotte Hornets @ Time Warner Cable Arena MLK weekend 2016
Milwaukee Bucks vs Charlotte Hornets @ Time Warner Cable Arena MLK weekend 2016
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: Yosuelian Q
Imagine Dragons (Time Warner Cable Arena) Charlotte, NC 7/7/2015
Imagine Dragons (Time Warner Cable Arena) Charlotte, NC 7/7/2015
Published: 2016/03/20
Channel: Виктория Шипица
Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte
Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte
Published: 2011/04/08
Channel: SharksVision
Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte, NC
Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte, NC
Published: 2011/11/19
Channel: jennj
Seating Spectrum Corporate v2
Seating Spectrum Corporate v2
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Jason Yip
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars - Spectrum Center - Charlotte, NC 9-14-2017
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars - Spectrum Center - Charlotte, NC 9-14-2017
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: 2009metallicafan
Charlotte bobcats stadium
Charlotte bobcats stadium
Published: 2012/01/10
Channel: Clayfeazzz32
Charlotte Hornets new logo-TimeWarner Cable Arena Dec 2013
Charlotte Hornets new logo-TimeWarner Cable Arena Dec 2013
Published: 2013/12/23
Channel: HornetsNation Charlotte
ED SHEERAN - CHARLOTTE (live 2017, Spectrum Center)
ED SHEERAN - CHARLOTTE (live 2017, Spectrum Center)
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: Ed Sheeran - Divide Tour 2017
KENDRICK LAMAR "Alright" Live Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC 8.29.2017
KENDRICK LAMAR "Alright" Live Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC 8.29.2017
Published: 2017/08/31
Channel: G Wall
Professional Bull Riding Charlotte - Catepillar Time Lapse
Professional Bull Riding Charlotte - Catepillar Time Lapse
Published: 2016/09/23
Channel: Carolina Cat
Believer. Live by Imagine Dragons World Tour at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
Believer. Live by Imagine Dragons World Tour at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
Published: 2017/11/11
Channel: Beren Brande
Mallard creek High School graduation 2017 spectrum Center charlotte Nc
Mallard creek High School graduation 2017 spectrum Center charlotte Nc
Published: 2017/06/16
Channel: lorena vasquez
Council Actions Include Time Warner Cable Arena Renovations
Council Actions Include Time Warner Cable Arena Renovations
Published: 2014/09/29
Channel: City of Charlotte
Pink Concert Time Warner Cable Arena
Pink Concert Time Warner Cable Arena
Published: 2013/03/17
Channel: godlander26
10.18.16:  PM Bounce #1 | Events for Hornets & Spectrum Center
10.18.16: PM Bounce #1 | Events for Hornets & Spectrum Center
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: SM Hancock
Foo Fighters, Wheels, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC, Dave Grohl
Foo Fighters, Wheels, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC, Dave Grohl
Published: 2011/11/09
Channel: arpejio
Common at Time Warner Arena, Charlotte, NC
Common at Time Warner Arena, Charlotte, NC
Published: 2009/10/08
Channel: adriennelthomas
Time warner cable arena
Time warner cable arena
Published: 2010/06/12
Channel: tatorboi10
Fallout Boy - Saturday - Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center 11-4-2017
Fallout Boy - Saturday - Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center 11-4-2017
Published: 2017/11/05
Channel: tron hughes
New Kids On The Block "Dirty Dancing" Charlotte, NC @ The Spectrum Center 7.13.17
New Kids On The Block "Dirty Dancing" Charlotte, NC @ The Spectrum Center 7.13.17
Published: 2017/07/14
Channel: Shelley Rocks
Bryan Mayer sings National Anthem @ Charlotte Hornets Time Warner Cable Arena via Fox Sports
Bryan Mayer sings National Anthem @ Charlotte Hornets Time Warner Cable Arena via Fox Sports
Published: 2016/04/20
Channel: Bryan Mayer
Monster Jam 2017 -Spectrum Center Charlotte NC
Monster Jam 2017 -Spectrum Center Charlotte NC
Published: 2017/01/07
Channel: Kelle Pressley
Live from Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Live from Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Published: 2009/01/21
Channel: Jeff Hartman
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Spectrum Center
The Cable Box
The Hive
Spectrum Center.png
Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC.jpg
Former names Charlotte Bobcats Arena
(2005–2008)
Time Warner Cable Arena
(2008–2016)
Address 333 East Trade Street
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°13′30″N 80°50′21″W / 35.22500°N 80.83917°W / 35.22500; -80.83917Coordinates: 35°13′30″N 80°50′21″W / 35.22500°N 80.83917°W / 35.22500; -80.83917
Public transit CTC/Arena
Owner City of Charlotte
Operator Hornets Sports & Entertainment
Capacity

Basketball: 19,077
(expandable to 20,200)
Ice Hockey: 14,100
Pro-Wrestling: 20,200 (maximum)

Concerts:
*End stage 180°: 13,376
*End stage 270°: 15,236
*End stage 360°: 18,249
*Center stage: 18,504
*Theatre: 4,000–7,000
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground July 29, 2003
Opened October 21, 2005
Renovated 2016
Construction cost $260 million
($319 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect Ellerbe Becket[2]
Odell Associates, Inc.
The Freelon Group, Inc.
Project manager PC Sports[3]
General contractor Hunt/R.J. Leeper[4]
Tenants
Charlotte Hornets (NBA) (2005–present)
Charlotte Checkers (ECHL) (2005–2010)
Charlotte Sting (WNBA) (2006)
Charlotte Checkers (AHL) (2010–2015)
Website
spectrumcentercharlotte.com

Spectrum Center (formerly Time Warner Cable Arena) is an indoor arena located in center city Charlotte, North Carolina. It is owned by the city of Charlotte and operated by its main tenant, the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. Opened in October 2005, the arena seats 19,077 for NBA games but can be expanded to seat up to 20,200 for college basketball games.

History[edit]

The arena in 2008, with its first logo as Time Warner Cable Arena
Logo used from 2012 to 2016.
The arena in 2015

The arena was originally intended to host the Charlotte Hornets in the early 2000s. The Hornets arena, the Charlotte Coliseum, was outdated despite being only 13 years old. The team wanted a new arena closer to the city with amenities found in arenas built after the Coliseum.[citation needed] In 2001, a non-binding public referendum for an arts package, which included money to build the new uptown arena, was placed on the ballot for voters; it was placed in order to demonstrate what was believed to be widespread public support for new arena construction. The arts package would have been funded with the issuance of bonds by the city.[citation needed] This resulted in opposition, with many feeling that the city should not fund a new arena at all due to the Coliseum's relatively young age. Then-mayor Pat McCrory vetoed a living wage ordinance just days before the referendum. As a result, Helping Empower Local People, a grass-roots organization supporting a living wage, launched a campaign to oppose the arena, arguing that it was immoral for the city to build a new arena when city workers didn't earn enough to make a living.[5] The referendum failed with 43% for building the arena and 57% opposed.

City leaders then devised a way to build a new arena that did not require voter support, but let it be known that they wouldn't consider building it unless then-Hornets' owner George Shinn sold the team. While even the NBA acknowledged that Shinn had alienated fans, NBA officials felt such a statement would anger other team owners.[6] As it turned out, the NBA approved the Hornets' application to move to New Orleans. However, the league promised that the city would get a new team—which became the Bobcats—as part of the deal. The total cost of the arena to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County was not known, but estimated at around $260 million. The construction was approved by the city council, which did not opt to present another referendum to the public.

The arena opened as the Charlotte Bobcats Arena on October 21, 2005, costing $265 million. Architects hoped the building would bring the city together, as its location and large outdoor plaza, among other features, would suggest.[7] The building's concourses and open design, plus artwork throughout also suggests the concept of community and socializing. One major feature of the arena was its original center-hung scoreboard, which was not only the largest scoreboard in any NBA arena when it debuted, but also featured a one-of-a-kind light-up 360 degree 3D mural of the Charlotte skyline.[8] In early 2006, the arena became the subject of controversy when the Bobcats charged a $15,000 fee to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for graduation ceremonies held at the building. The fee was eventually waived following media attention from a local newspaper. Many high schools in the area moved graduations to Bojangles' Coliseum.[citation needed]

On April 8, 2008, the Bobcats announced a naming rights deal with Time Warner Cable, the area's largest cable television provider, renaming the venue Time Warner Cable Arena. As part of the deal, TWC shuttered its poorly-performing regional sports network C-SET (which was established to serve as the Bobcats' rightsholder) and allowed the team to negotiate a new deal with Fox Sports South to ensure wider distribution of its games.[9][10] Following Charter Communications' purchase of TWC, the arena was renamed Spectrum Center, in accordance with Charter's trade name.[11]

Renovations[edit]

Little to no renovations were made to the arena during much of its existence, mostly due to its young age. However, in September 2014, the Charlotte city council agreed to give the Hornets $34 million for arena renovations in preparation for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.[12]

On January 24, 2015, the Hornets announced and unveiled images of a new scoreboard to be installed in summer 2016, costing $7 million. The board's screens measure out at 25' high by 42' wide and 18' high by 31' wide, approximately, making it almost twice the size of the original board and among the NBA's largest. The screens are able to handle 1080p resolution, something unique to the NBA. Two smaller "underbelly" screens would also be included. In addition, the scoreboard would be able to change colors and have a visible 'hive' motif built-in throughout its design. It was also announced that four retractable auxiliary scoreboards will be installed in the corners of the upper level and finally, 360° ribbon boards are scheduled to be installed as well. Construction was completed by the start of the 2016–17 NBA season. Also announced were plans for the renovation of the visitors locker room, suites, and other rooms.[13][14] This marked the first major renovations to the Spectrum Center in its history.

Major events[edit]

College basketball[edit]

The arena in 2012
The arena during a Bobcats game in 2005

As North Carolina is a hotbed for college basketball thanks to constant success between its major universities, it was expected that the arena would host many NCAA basketball games, and that expectation was correct. Notable NCAA basketball games the Spectrum Center has hosted to date include:

Other events[edit]

In 2012, the Spectrum Center hosted the Democratic National Convention.[16] It was scheduled to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game,[17][18] but was removed as host on July 21, 2016 due to the league's opposition against North Carolina's Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.[19][20] The league said consideration for Charlotte to host in 2019 would remain if the North Carolina State Legislature and Governor Roy Cooper made changes to the act that were satisfactory to the league. On May 24, 2017 Charlotte and the arena were officially announced as hosts of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.[21]

Tenants[edit]

Spectrum Center has had two other permanent tenants besides the Hornets.

The Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL vacated historic Bojangles' Coliseum to play in the new arena in fall 2005. When the ECHL Checkers gave way to an American Hockey League team with the same name, they remained at the arena. Although primarily built for basketball, the arena can accommodate an NHL-sized ice hockey rink. The seating capacity for hockey was 14,100 in an asymmetrical seating arrangement, with much of the upper level curtained off. This resulted in a lot of seats with poor sightlines; over 4,000 seats in the hockey configuration had obstructed views. Primarily because of those factors, on December 16, 2014, it was announced the Checkers would move back to Bojangles' Coliseum starting with the 2015–16 AHL season.[22] Overall, both incarnations of the Checkers played 10 seasons at the arena.

The WNBA's Charlotte Sting moved with the then-Bobcats to the arena in 2005, becoming the building's third permanent tenant. However, they only played one season at their new home in 2006 before folding in early 2007. This was due to low attendance and a lack of on-court success.[23]

Entertainment[edit]

The arena is used for more than just sporting events, with musical acts, family productions and many other events, such as concerts, circuses and professional wrestling all performing there.

In Film & TV[edit]

Other events[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Ellerbe Becket - Time Warner Cable Arena". 
  3. ^ "Charlotte Arena Quick Facts". Charlotte Bobcats. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ Muret, Don (November 14, 2005). "Carolina Character". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ "World Class City, Third World Paycheck". Creative Loafing Charlotte – Archives. 
  6. ^ "Council willing to amend 'new owner' statement". ESPN.com. Associated Press. February 16, 2002. 
  7. ^ http://basketball.ballparks.com/NBA/CharlotteBobcats/
  8. ^ http://www.timewarnercablearena.com/timewarner/highlights/
  9. ^ Cranston, Mike (April 7, 2008). "Time Warner gets naming rights for Bobcats Arena". WCNC-TV. Associated Press. Retrieved April 7, 2008. 
  10. ^ George, Jefferson; Bonnell, Rick (April 9, 2008). "Deals Widen Bobcats' TV Reach". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved April 16, 2008. 
  11. ^ Peralta, Katherine (August 17, 2016). "Charlotte Hornets' home arena changing name to Spectrum Center". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  12. ^ Spanberg, Erik (September 8, 2014). "Council backs $34M for Charlotte Hornets' arena". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Hornets Introduce New Scoreboard Design". Charlotte Hornets. February 24, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  14. ^ Kiser, Bill (February 24, 2016). "Hornets unveil design for new $7 million scoreboard, rave about its unique features". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  15. ^ http://www.theacc.com/news/ACC-Press-Conference_03-27-14_a59w19
  16. ^ Spanberg, Erik (February 1, 2011). "Charlotte to follow Denver as host city of Democratic National Convention". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  17. ^ Ananth Pandian (June 22, 2015). "Report: Charlotte will host 2017 NBA All-Star Game". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  18. ^ Preston, Ken (April 8, 2010). "Carolina Hurricanes to Host 2011 NHL All-Star Game". Carolina Hurricanes. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  19. ^ Mahoney, Brian (July 21, 2016). "NBA moving All-Star Game out of Charlotte, cites LGBT law". National Basketball Association. Associated Press. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  20. ^ "NBA All-Star Game pulled from Charlotte over HB2 law". Sports Illustrated. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  21. ^ http://www.nba.com/article/2017/05/24/charlotte-2019-nba-all-star
  22. ^ http://www.gocheckers.com/articles/952-charlotte-city-council-approves-funding-to-renovate-bojangles-coliseum
  23. ^ Cranston, Mike (January 3, 2007). "WNBA Franchise Charlotte Sting Folds". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 

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