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Charlotte Coliseum was home to the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association, as well as the Charlotte Sting, one of the first WNBA teams in the league. The stadium was built in 1988, and opened in August of that year. It was the largest stadium built specifically to host a professional basketball team at the time, seating 24,000 people. The Coliseum hosted the 1991 NBA All Star Game and the 1994 Men's Final Four. The Coliseum struggled after the announcement that the Hornets would be relocating to New Orleans in 2001. Although the NBA returned to Charlotte in 2004, the building was deemed out-of-date. The Charlotte Bobcats played at the Coliseum during the 2004-2005 season while construction was completed on Time Warner Cable Arena. The Charlotte Coliseum was demolished in 2007. In it's place, the new Spectrum Center would take over as the home arena of Charlotte sports.

  • Photo of the Charlotte Coliseum from the outside
  • Entrance to the new Building

The Charlotte Coliseum was originally built in 1988 for the Charlotte Hornets, who entered the NBA that year. It was the largest basketball arena in the league, seating 24,000 people and costing $52 million. The team was a tenant for the building from 1988 until 2001 when the owner moved the team to New Orleans. The NBA soon returned to Charlotte with the creation of a new expansion team, the Charlotte Bobcats, in 2004. The team played their first seven seasons in the Charlotte Coliseum, and were later able to change their name to the Hornets after the New Orleans franchise agreed to change their name to the Pelicans.

The coliseum was also home to the WNBA team, Charlotte Sting, which became one of the first eight teams of the professional women's league in October 1996. The Sting's first game occurred on June 29, 1997 against the Cleveland Rockers. By the end of their first season, the Sting had a record of 15-13, but lost in the playoffs. Like the Hornets, the team started playing in the new Time Warner Cable Arena in 2005. However, the team's attendance was declining, and the franchise folded on January 3, 2007. Many of the players were able to gain contracts on other WNBA teams.

Charlotte Coliseum hosted its last game on October 26, 2005, between the Charlotte Bobcats (the name of Charlotte's NBA franchise at the time) and Indiana Pacers. When the Time Warner Cable Arena was built, the coliseum was sold by the city of Charlotte. The Coliseum was demolished on June 3, 2007, and the property is under contract for new development.

Previously known as the Time Warner Cable Arena, it opened on 2005 but was not officially known as the Spectrum Arena until the beginning of 2016. The new home of Charlotte sports houses many different attractions besides basketball. The stadium has the capacity to expand up to 20,200 and can be integrated to fit an ice rink for hockey games, stages for concerts, and rings for professional wrestling. 

Fans and general guests will experience a very unique experience with the newly produced "Rock the Rooftop" socializing zone, that is built for indoor tailgating and has its very own kids interactive area for all ages.

"Charlotte Coliseum." Charlotte Coliseum. Accessed May 16, 2016. "STING: Sting History." STING: Sting History. Accessed May 16, 2016.