The Charlotte Hornets recently placed a bid to host an NBA All-Star game in 2017 or 2018.
“This is a great time to be a Charlotte Hornets fan and a fan of NBA basketball here in the Carolinas,” Hornets COO Fred Whitfield said. “This is a chance for us to host the greatest basketball players in the world on not a national stage, but a global stage.”
Charlotte will probably be competing with 10 other cities that are hoping to host the All-Star festivities themselves.
The city of Charlotte would love to host the All-Star game, so much that they are willing to spend $33.5 million dollars to upgrade Time Warner Cable Arena.
“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 city’s proposal calls for team to receive money for restaurant renovations, bathroom improvements, new lighting, visitor locker room upgrades, moving the ticket office and scoreboard improvements. The team would also replace a number of “tabletop” seats in its lower bowl with traditional seats, which would increase capacity by about 600 seats.”
That sounds like a lot of upgrades, but is that enough for Charlotte to host the All-Star game in either 2017 or 2018?
I don’t know, but I do know that Michael Jordan is doing a great job of making Pro Basketball in Charlotte relevant again, and getting everyone excited about the return of the Charlotte Hornets.
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