Spectrum Center official Re!magine work



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The time has officially begun to Re!magine the Spectrum Center! in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina (US).

‘Spectrum CENTER’ stated that work is underway on the two-year renovation project that will include a wide variety of changes throughout the building, and recently at the Spectrum Center, it was time to celebrate the official Re!magine Spectrum Center Tipoff.

The Spectrum Center is an indoor arena located in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina (US). It is owned by the City of Charlotte and operated by its main tenant, the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The arena seats 19,077 for NBA games but can be expanded to 20,200 for college basketball games.

The Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hornets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at the Spectrum Center.

Observed Donna Julian, Hornets Executive Vice-President and Spectrum Center General Manager, “This building is truly special to each and every person that walks through its doors, and I’m so excited for the future that the Re!magine Spectrum Center will deliver. The renovations we will make over the next two years will allow us to draw even more top-tier events and have an even greater impact on our community by bringing more guests uptown to Uptown Charlotte.”

‘Spectrum CENTER’ further stated that the Members of Hornets Sports & Entertainment’s ownership group, as well as the Hornets Sports & Entertainment’s executives and staff packed the Spectrum Center’s Trade Street Plaza along with representatives from the City of Charlotte, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), Turner/DA Everett (construction group), Perkins + Will (architectural services company), CAA ICON, and Levy (restaurant and hospitality company based in Chicago) as the groups took a look back at the collaborative effort that led up to this point and talked about the excitement for the work ahead.

Charlotte (US)-based the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to deliver experiences that uniquely enrich the lives of its visitors and the residents. Through leadership in destination development, marketing and venue management expertise, the CRVA leads efforts to maximize the region’s economic potential through visitor spending, creating jobs and opportunities for the community.

Denver (US)-based CAA ICON is the world’s-leading Owners Representative and strategic management consulting firm for public and private sports and entertainment facility owners/operators, professional franchises and leagues.

Stated Vi Lyles, Charlotte Mayor, “We are committed to this investment in top-notch sports and entertainment facilities. We know that is the way to generate economic growth, create new jobs and really put us on the map as we talk about ourselves as a premier destination for major events and attractions.”

Now entering its 19th year in the City of Charlotte, the Spectrum Center has welcomed more than 20 million visitors, not only from Charlotte and its surrounding areas in the Carolinas, but from a national and global audience as well. Whether it’s a Hornets game, your favorite concert, a family event, the National Collegiate of Athletic Association (NCAA) Basketball Tournament, the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the 2019 National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and more, the Spectrum Center has something for everyone. These renovations will only enhance and increase those experiences.

Indianapolis (US)-based the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit organization that regulates student athletics among about 1,100 schools in the United States and one in Canada. It also organizes the athletic programs of the colleges and helps over 500,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports.

Stated Steve Bagwell, CRVA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), “The Spectrum Center has long been a cornerstone for our community, driving economic impact and supporting many of our hospitality businesses and jobs. The Re!magine Spectrum Center project will ensure that it remains a premier destination for sports and entertainment in the Carolinas for many years to come.”

After addressing the crowd at the Re!magine Spectrum Center Tipoff event. Members of the Hornets Sports & Entertainment’s Ownership Group, the City of Charlotte and the CRVA put on their hard hats, grabbed a sledgehammer and commemorated the moment by collectively breaking down a Re!magine wall outside on the plaza. Following the program, people in attendance were also asked to sign a commemorative metal beam that signaled the official start of the Re!magine Spectrum Center.

Added Gabe Plotkin, Hornets Sports & Entertainment’s Co-Chairman and Alternate Governor, “We may be knocking things down here beginning today (May 20th), but brick-by-brick we plan to build the Hornets into an elite organization. We look forward to the future of our team, our arena and our City Center. While we’ve only been here a short time with the (HSE Co-Chairman and Governor) Rick (Schnall), myself and the ownership group, there’s one thing we quickly learned – Charlotte is an amazing City filled with incredible people, and we are truly blessed to lead this franchise. We’ve also learned the important role that the Spectrum Center has played in this community by bringing people together and creating lifelong memories. We know how much this building means to our community, and we are proud to invest in Spectrum Center to continue bringing the best events in sports and entertainment to Charlotte and the Carolinas. We are confident that this important project will have a tremendous impact on our collective future for years to come.”

The doors are scheduled to open back on October 2nd, 2024.

Concluded Julian, “We take our responsibility as stewards of Spectrum Center very seriously – we’re proud to call it our home. And while our doors are closing temporarily, we are full of anticipation to unveil the first phase of Re!magine Spectrum Center when we reopen our doors in October. We are so glad to have each of you here and thank you for coming on the journey with us!”

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