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Encyclopedia > Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Charlotte Bobcats Arena
(St. Lawrence Homes Home Ice for hockey games only)
Image:Chabobarenalogo.png
Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Location 330 E Trade St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Broke ground July, 2003
Opened October 21, 2005
Owner City of Charlotte
Operator Charlotte Bobcats
Tenants
Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) (2005-present)
Charlotte Checkers (ECHL) (2005-present)
Charlotte Sting (WNBA) (2006-2007)
UNC Charlotte 49ers (occasional)
Capacity
Basketball: 19,026 (expandable to 20,200)
ECHL Hockey: 14,100
Pro-Wrestling: 20,200 (maximum)
Concerts:
  • End stage 180 degrees: 13,376
  • End stage 270 degrees: 15,236
  • End stage 360 degrees: 18,249
  • Center stage: 18,504
  • Theatre: 4,000-7,000

Charlotte Bobcats Arena (also known locally as The Uptown Arena or, for short, "Bobcats") is an entertainment and sports venue located in the Uptown (downtown) area of Charlotte, North Carolina. Its primary use is as the home court of the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA. It made its grand opening in October of 2005 for a concert by The Rolling Stones and hosted its first Bobcats game on November 5, 2005. The arena's center-hung Daktronics video screens measure 16 feet by 28 feet, making them the largest of any indoor arena. Image File history File links Chabobarenalogo. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 674 KB) Photo taken November 23, 2005 by user Geologik. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Charlotte Checkers are an American ice hockey team in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League). ... The ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and Canada, generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League. ... Charlotte Sting logo 1997-2003 The Charlotte Sting was once a Womens National Basketball Association franchise based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it was one of the leagues eight original teams. ... The Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a public university located in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ... “Charlotte” redirects here. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Daktronics NASDAQ: DAKT is an American manufacturer of electronic signage, most notably sports scoreboards, based in Brookings, South Dakota. ...


The arena seats 19,026 for most NBA games, but be expanded to seat up to 20,200 for college basketball games (and presumably NBA playoff games). College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ...


The arena also serves as home to the Charlotte Checkers, a minor-league hockey team that plays in the ECHL. When the Checkers play there, capacity is reduced to 14,100 and the arena is referred to as St. Lawrence Homes Home Ice. The Charlotte Checkers are an American ice hockey team in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League). ... The ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and Canada, generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League. ...

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Sports

Though the arena was constructed with the Bobcats in mind, the arena hosts many types of sports and entertainment events. As North Carolina is a hotbed for college basketball, it is expected that the arena will host many NCAA basketball games; indeed, the venue has already been chosen as a men's regional site for the 2008 NCAA Tournament, and the Charlotte 49ers have tentatively agreed to play several high-profile games there over the next several seasons. The 2008 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament will be played there too. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the oldest collegiate association of historically black colleges and universities in the United States, will hold their annual Men's and Women's conference basketball tournament at the venue beginning in 2006 and will continue to hold the event there until at least 2009 (the dates of the event will be February 6- March 4 each year). In addition to the Bobcats, the arena currently has one other permanent tenant. The Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL vacated historic Cricket Arena to play in the new arena in the fall of 2005. The Charlotte Sting of the WNBA moved, along with the Bobcats, from the old Charlotte Coliseum to the new venue in 2005 and played for one season and then folded due to low attendance. The NASCAR Nextel All-Star Pit Crew Challenge, part of the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge, is held on the Wednesday night of the race week at the arena, creating an indoor atmosphere so the pit competition will occur, rain or shine. College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... // Final four redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The ACC Mens Basketball Tournament (popularly known simply as the ACC Tournament) is the conference championship tournament in basketball for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). ... The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a college athletic conference made up of historically black colleges in the southeastern United States. ... The Charlotte Checkers are an American ice hockey team in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League). ... The ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and Canada, generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League. ... The Cricket Arena is a 9,605-seat multi-purpose arena and sports venue in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Charlotte Sting logo 1997-2003 The Charlotte Sting was once a Womens National Basketball Association franchise based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it was one of the leagues eight original teams. ... WNBA may also refer to WNBA-AM, a radio station in Illinois. ... The Charlotte Coliseum was a multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, formerly known as The Winston until 2004, is a race open to race winners from the previous season as well as the current season. ...


Entertainment

Charlotte Bobcats Arena is used for more than just sporting events, with musical acts, family productions, and many other large entertainment performances such as concerts, circuses and prowrestling. The following is a partial list of the concerts and other entertainment events that have taken place at Charlotte Bobcats Arena since it opened in 2005. ...


Controversy

The arena was originally intended to host the Charlotte Hornets, the city's original NBA team. 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. This was done in order to demonstrate what was believed to be wide public support for construction of a new uptown venue. The arts package would be funded with the issuance of bonds by the city. The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ...


The referendum seemed to be on its way to passage despite extensive opposition, mostly from conservatives who felt that the city shouldn't fund a new arena at all. However, after 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. It argued that it was immoral for the city to build a new arena when city workers didn't earn enough to make a living.[1] Many of the city's black ministers switched sides in the arena deal and urged their parishoners to oppose it. As a result, the referendum went down to defeat. Pat McCrory (born October 17, 1956) is an American politician and is currently the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Living wage refers to the minimum hourly wage necessary for a person to achieve a basic standard of living. ...


City leaders then devised a way to build a new arena in a way that didn't require voter support, but let it be known that they would not even consider building it unless Shinn sold the team. While even the NBA acknowledged that Shinn had alienated fans, NBA officials felt such a statement would anger owners.[2]. 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--what became the Bobcats--as part of the deal. New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ...


As of 2005, 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 was again the center of controversy in early 2006 surrounding the Bobcats charging a $15,000 fee for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools graduations. The fee was eventually waived following a story in the Charlotte Observer concerning the fees. Location Charlotte, North Carolina Superintendent Dr. Peter C. Gorman Total Enrollment 129,011 (2006-07) Budget $1. ... The Charlotte Observer, serving Charlotte, North Carolina, is the oldest daily newspaper in the United States (other newspapers, such as The New York Times began circulation before The Observer but were not daily). ...


Some schools in the area have moved graduations to Cricket Arena because of the costs. The Cricket Arena is a 9,605-seat multi-purpose arena and sports venue in Charlotte, North Carolina. ...


References

  1. ^ http://charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A535&comments=yes
  2. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=1334984&type=news

External links

Preceded by
Charlotte Coliseum
20042005
Home of the
Charlotte Bobcats
2005–present
Succeeded by
current

Coordinates: 35°13′30.49″N, 80°50′21.15″W The Charlotte Coliseum was a multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Charlotte Bobcats Arena: Information from Answers.com (640 words)
Its primary use is as the home court of the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA.
The Charlotte Sting of the WNBA moved, along with the Bobcats, from the old Charlotte Coliseum to the new venue in 2005.
The arena was again the center of controversy in early 2006 surrounding the Bobcats charging a $15,000 fee for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools graduations, the fee was eventually waived following a story in the Charlotte Observer concerning the fees.
Charlotte Bobcats: Information from Answers.com (1071 words)
When the Charlotte Hornets relocated to New Orleans for the 2002-03 season, the city and the NBA agreed to create a new team in Charlotte for the 2004-05 season.
The Bobcats' name was voted upon, with the other possible choices having been the Charlotte Dragons or the Charlotte Flight (which actually won the public vote, mainly because of the Wright Brothers, and also the proclamation "First in Flight" on North Carolina's license plates).
Bobcats president and chief operating officer Fred Whitfield told reporters "Alternate uniforms have proven to be very popular with fans across sports and we are proud to introduce our third uniform to Charlotte Bobcats fans".
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