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Charlotte Hornets unveil new court design for next season (PHOTOS)

Jun 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

The NBA’s Charlotte franchise ditched the Bobcats and returned to being named the Hornets, in a rebranding effort that will begin in earnest next season.

It’s already begun in terms of the name change becoming official, and we recently got a glimpse of what the newly-designed uniforms would look like, with three versions in white, purple and teal all on the slate for next year.

The final piece was to see how the team would unveil its new home floor, and the design is glorious.

From the official release:

The floor, which features the team’s primary logo at center court, has a cell pattern stained in the wood and includes a teal border and purple free-throw lanes.  Both baselines have the words “Charlotte Hornets” in the team’s font.  The design includes a pair of Buzz City logos inside the three-point line on either end in a show of civic pride, as well as the team’s Crown CH logo at center court on the apron.  The Time Warner Cable Arena logo appears twice on the court as it has in the past. …

The Hornets’ wood playing surface is constructed from northern hard maple and was manufactured by Cincinnati-based Robbins Sports Surfaces.  The floor is made up of more than 200 sectional panels, each of which are 4 feet by 8 feet and weigh approximately 175 pounds.  It features a revolutionary locking system designed to speed up arena changeovers and provide a tight, monolithic appearance.  The floor is designed to enhance the safety, comfort and performance of the players as it will absorb about 60% of a player’s impact energy.  The intent is to provide a surface that allows for exciting play while at the same time reducing wear and tear on the players’ bodies.

As with the team’s overall brand identity and uniforms, the court was designed in collaboration with senior executives within the Hornets organization; Jordan Brand, a division of Nike; and the NBA’s Global Merchandising Group. Both Jordan Brand and Nike have a long history of working with professional teams and universities in developing brand identities and utilize some of the world’s most highly recognized designers.

Check out the photos below.

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  1. udkidd - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Glad they are back.

  2. marbulz - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    It’s great to see the good old hornets return
    To Charlotte where they belong

  3. chiadam - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    It’s fantastic. Good to see the Hornets are back.

  4. lew24 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Hopefully they can win more games on their new floor at the cable box!

  5. zinger92 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Bobcats just had zero swag. I love this.

  6. timb12 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    The pattern on the court is awesome. The “buzz city” spot reminds me of a hot spot from an NBA jam. Hopefully they make that spot worth 4 points or something.

  7. campcouch - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    It’s like seeing an old friend after 10 years. Grandmama,Mourning,Gill,Rice,Curry,Bogues…always entertaining to watch. We’ll forget about that whole Kobe for Divac thing.

  8. zoomy123 - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I think I’m the only one who prefers Bobcats to Hornets and thinks that the new logo sucks.

    • calkinsrob - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      i think so too haha

  9. nyasdad14 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Yeah…you definitely are. The Hornets are back!

  10. phluffyclouds - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Yep! Love this ! Grew up with the Hornets, my first true sports love. Can not believe they are back. It truly is a dream come true. Counting down the days until opening night!!!

  11. trickybastard - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Epileptic seizure commencing now…

  12. vols84 - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    I really like the logo. Glad the “Hornets Nest” has it’s team back.

  13. buffalowned - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Good looking court. Good looking uni’s. Good for Charlotte

  14. ncarolinarn7 - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Was at the very first Hornet game when Mark Price and the Cleveland Cavilers came to town. It was a game I the first quarter. I went for a hotdog and came back they were up over 20 in the 2nd.

  15. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Now if they would just rebuild the Coliseum on Tyvola road we’d really have something. Kidding… I’m actually extremely happy about the Hornets right now. Made the playoffs last year, had a seemingly good draft, sweet new uniforms, baller court design… you could even say there’s a ‘buzz’ about the city. The only thing the Bobcats ever gave to the city was a quiet purr.

  16. milkcan44 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Always loved the colors. Is that floor meant to resemble a beehive?

  17. LIBERAL JUSTICE - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    New look, same old crappy team

  18. gbart22 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    I don’t even basketball but as a kid I was always drawn to the Charlotte hornets colors and they look great on this court. Beautiful.

    • southpaw77 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      Glad the CHARLOTTE Hornets are back for what it means to that city and for taking me back to a time when most NBA teams had a star or two before they all wanted to team up.
      Hopefully they have that hive sound effect also from the mid 90s also.

      The only thing missing now is the Seattle Super Sonics.

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