Spectrum Center, 1988-2017
Photo of the Charlotte Coliseum from the outside
Entrance to the new Building
Backstory and Context
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
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.