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Charlotte offers to spend $33.5 million to upgrade Hornets’ arena. Is that enough to get an All-Star Game?

Aug 27, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

Time Warner Cable Arena

The Charlotte Bobcats really want to host an upcoming NBA All-Star weekend and they made a big show out of them sending in the application (along with as many as 10 other teams.

But with that came a statement from the people making the application that the Time Warner center needs an upgrade, to the tune of $48 million.

How does $33.5 million sound? Actually more like $27.5 million now plus some maintenance money for the next decade. Is that enough?

That’s what the city can offer reports the Charlotte Observer.

The city of Charlotte is prepared to spend $27.5 million in capital improvements for Time Warner Cable Arena, as well as 10 years’ worth of annual payments of $600,000 for ongoing maintenance….

The city’s proposal calls for the team to receive money for restaurant renovations, bathroom improvements, new lighting, visitor locker room upgrades, moving the ticket office and scoreboard improvements. The team would also replace a number of “tabletop” seats in its lower bowl with traditional seats, which would increase capacity by about 600 seats.

The Hornets will pitch in money, too, covering upgrades to their home locker room and suites in the building.

Is that going to be enough, or at least enough to keep Charlotte in the running for an All-Star Game? Time will tell, but the league is trying to pump up owner Michael Jordan and that market.

  1. mackcarrington - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    So the taxpayers of Charlotte want to spend the next decade paying for a one-time event?
    If the arena needed these improvements why did it take the chance of getting an All-Star game to make them happen?
    Is there the promise of getting more than one game over the next decade? it seems like civic blackmail to me, but if they are willing to do it, power to them.

  2. bevan18 - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    that’s a lot of money for an event that some franchises refuse to host ever again.

  3. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    to be honest, ive been to the charlotte arena…what exactly do they plan on upgrading..already looks pretty darn decent

    • mackcarrington - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      The article lays out exactly what they want to upgrade.

  4. sdelmonte - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    MJ’s net worth is one billion dollars. He should be paying for this himself.

    • mackcarrington - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:41 AM

      Except I don’t think he owns the arena.

  5. mrlaloosh - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Hold on to your wallets, Cakalakians!

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    None of you understand; the last time we didn’t pay for an arena upgrade we lost our effing team. And as someone who goes to a few games at TWC Arena every year and who loves the Hornets I will gladly foot the tax bill for this.

    • dacapt704 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Thank you! Plus what ppl outside of Charlotte don’t know is that the money came from hospitality taxes so the citizens of the Queen City didn’t see a local tax increase…only those who used hotels, restaurants which mostly comes from tourism. The city needs this..the arena is beautiful and more ppl nationally need to see what a great city Charlotte is (coming from a Northern transplant)

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Ditto. I’m from the Chicago suburbs… but I love Charlotte and our teams now.

      • davidtmp - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        The issue about losing the Hornets wasn’t really about arena upgrades. Did the old building need them, YES. It was built just before the corporate skyboxes took off, so the building was behind the 8-ball from the beginning in that standpoint. It was a great building(was there for grand opening before the original scoreboard fell). Shinn and his antics were what turned off Charlotte. He just used the arena as the way out of Charlotte. The cable box is great, I just wish they put more seats in. NOW they are having to add seats wherever they can to try and bring in an All-Star game(granted, they haven’t needed the seats for games as of yet, but things are looking up). Being able to go downtown for a game and post game entertainment is a helluva lot better than driving out to outskirts and having few to no options after the game without driving a little ways.

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