The Charlotte Hornets have a confusing history for the casual NBA fan. Originally founded as an expansion team in 1988, the Hornets moved to New Orleans in 2002. In 2004, Charlotte gained another expansion team in the Bobcats. When the New Orleans Hornets became the Pelicans, the Bobcats were free to become the Hornets once again.
The Hornets’ founding ownership assembled a unique set of amenities to launch the franchise—the largest-ever NBA arena in downtown Charlotte, high-design uniforms featuring teal and pinstripes, and a voting contest for naming the new team. Fan engagement was high from day one, with the team leading the league in attendance multiple seasons in its early years.Read More ...
Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning established the first ‘classic lineup’ in Hornets history, and when Michael Jordan bought a majority interest in the team in 2010, the Hornets gained renewed notoriety in the NBA conversation. Jordan brought increased intrigue to the league when he won over free agent Tony Parker from his longtime home with the Spurs.
Spectrum Center opened in 2005 in downtown Charlotte. With its prime location and entrepreneurial ownership, the arena was designed to be state of the art for years to come while its architecture and layout were planned specifically to unify the indoor and outdoor spaces of the arena, encouraging fans to spend time together before, during, and after games. The Center underwent significant renovations before the 2017 All-Star Game, making it one of the most modern and luxurious arenas in basketball.