Charlotte Hornets hit a home run with new City Edition jerseys

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In what has become an annual tradition, the NBA and Nike have revealed the newest City Edition jerseys for the 2022-23 season. While it has been a difficult start to the season on the court for the Charlotte Hornets, fans can look forward to seeing the new threads in action, as the Hornets will once again don a fantastic alternate jersey.

What is special about the new Charlotte Hornets jerseys?

The newest jersey utilizes many of the same aspects of the Hornets’ City Edition jersey from 2020-21. Like the 2020-21 version, this year’s jerseys use the mint, gold, and granite color palate. As with all NBA jerseys this season, a number 6 patch will be featured on the right shoulder to pay respects to the late Bill Russell.

Why are the new Charlotte Hornets jerseys mint, gold, and granite?

Each of the three colors featured in the Hornets’ new jerseys is included for a purpose. The mint color symbolizes Charlotte’s history as the site of the first U.S. branch mint. The granite color pays homage to granite as the official state rock of North Carolina. The gold color represents the region’s history as the site of the first American gold rush in the early 1800s.

Why do these Charlotte Hornets jerseys read “CLT” instead of “CHA”?

Perhaps the most notable aspect of this year’s City Edition jersey in the “CLT” wordmark across the chest, the first time the Hornets have ever had this wordmark on their jerseys. Charlotte had used the “CHA” abbreviation on multiple jerseys in the past few seasons, much to the chagrin of many fans. However, the issue runs deeper preferences; AVIATE, a company that sells merchandise branded with airport codes, holds the trademark to “CLT”. The Hornets and AVIATE have worked together to allow the team to use the abbreviation on this year’s jerseys.

When can fans see the new Charlotte Hornets jerseys?

The Hornets will wear the new jerseys on 19 occasions this season, including 10 home games and nine road games. Their first appearance will come at home on Friday, November 25th against the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The Hornets are also planning to use the 2020-21 City Edition court design in conjunction with the new jerseys.