Charlotte Coliseum

  • Charlotte Hornets (NBA 1988-2002 )
  • Charlotte 49ers (NCAA, 1988-1993 )
  • Charlotte Rage (AFL, 1992-1996)
  • Charlotte Sting (WNBA, 1997-2005 )
  • Carolina Cobras (AFL, 2003-2004 )
  • Charlotte Bobcats ( NBA 2004-2005)

The Charlotte Coliseum was a multi-purpose hall in the city of Charlotte in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The hall wore ( German: Hornets ) because of their shape, the resident in the hall of the team Hornets noise and nicknamed The Hive ( German: The Hive ). After the city had sold the land the arena was blown up on June 3, 2007.


The construction work was started with the groundbreaking in 1986. Opened on August 11, 1988 arena was equipped with luxury suites and a video cube with eight screens. The former owner George Shinn put the new venue as a trump card to bring to an NBA franchise agreement to Charlotte. With more than 24,000 seats, it was the biggest venue of the NBA. A day after the opening of a pre-season friendly of the U.S. basketball Olympic team was provided. During the preparations for the game they worked on the video cube; while the scoreboard crashed to the ground and was destroyed as the playing field. As a replacement of the floor from the Independence Arena of the city was taken and the game could take place.

In the first seven NBA seasons, the Charlotte Coliseum was sold out for every home game. With time, some decisions by the Hornets owner George Shinn - and personal scandals about him and disposals of leadership players like Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson declined with the time of spectator interest. In addition, the Coliseum was compared to the built in the 1990s, modern arenas outdated early 2000s. Last season, the Hornets 2001/ 02 at the Coliseum in Charlotte on average were only 11,286 spectators to the games. This was the worst section of the entire league.

In addition to the primary users of the Charlotte Hornets NCAA basketball team Charlotte 49ers from the start to 1993 in The Hive was home. The Charlotte Rage of the Arena Football League (AFL ) remained from 1992 to 1996. In 1997 moved the newly formed WNBA team the Charlotte Sting in the sports arena and was located there until 2005. The AFL team the Carolina Cobras came to Charlotte in 2003. After two seasons, the AFL ended the franchise agreement and the operation of the Cobras game was set. The newly formed NBA team the Charlotte Bobcats played his first season in 2004/05 in the old venue, as the Charlotte Bobcats Arena (now Time Warner Cable Arena ) was completed in 2005 and inaugurated on 21 October of the year. The last NBA game was a pre-season game between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Indiana Pacers on October 26, 2005. In the fall of 2005, the Charlotte Coliseum served as a shelter for the refugees of Hurricane Katrina.

In 1991, the NBA All- Star Game was held at the Arena in Charlotte. The Eastern Conference defeated on February 10 in front of 23,530 spectators the Western Conference with 116:114. For the game's MVP Charles Barkley ( 17 points, 22 rebounds ) was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1994, the Final Four, the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament was the men and 1996 found the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament Women at the Coliseum instead. The Wrestling events Unforgiven 1999, Judgment Day 2003 WWE stopped off in the sports arena. A part of the US-American comedy film Eddie starring Whoopi Goldberg from 1996 was filmed in the event hall of Charlotte.