Charlotte Checkers Overview

Fast facts

League: American Hockey League

Head Coach: Geordie Kinnear

Team Mascot: Chubby

Year Opened: 1955

Capacity: 8600

City / State: Charlotte / North Carolina

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Charlotte Checkers vs Hershey Bears

Rival Team: Hershey Bears

Make sure to be in attendance when the Checkers take on Hershey. The rivalry games between these two are always intense as the Bears are the AHL affiliate of the Checkers’ parent club’s rivals the Washington Capitals. You won’t want to miss future Hurricanes face off against future Capitals, so don’t miss it when Hershey comes to town.

Charlotte Checkers Stadium Guide

In Game

The newly renovated Bojangles’ Coliseum is a fantastic place to take in a hockey game. The arena features incredible sight lines, and no matter where you’re sitting, you’ll have an amazing view of all the action on the ice. The new renovations have also added an excellent restaurant, and a beautiful new center-hung video board making a Checkers game a great experience for everyone in attendance.

Carolina Hurricanes fans especially will love the opportunity to see future Canes stars take the ice. AHL hockey is only one step below the NHL meaning you’ll see plenty of excellent players on the ice when taking in a game at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

Those of you who aren’t as big of hockey fans will still find plenty to keep you entertained at the game. The Checkers run a variety of promotions throughout the season, and the appearances by the CheckMates and Chubby are must-see parts of any game.

Finally, if you’re looking to grab a drink or bite to eat before the game, you’ll find plenty of options nearby. The arena is less than a 10-minute drive from downtown Charlotte, and South 21 Drive-In and Smokey Joe’s Cafe are excellent options if you’re looking for something closer to the arena.

A Checkers game is an excellent entertainment option for anyone in the Charlotte area especially hockey fans so get your tickets today.

Things to check out

Red Line Club

You won’t find a better place to grab a bite to eat during a Checkers game than the Red Line Club. The Red Line Club features the ability to get up close to the players as they make their way from the ice to the locker room as well as excellent food and a variety of drink options, so make your reservation today.

Jumbotron

The new center hung video board provides you with incredible crystal clear replays throughout the game. You won’t miss any of the action thanks to the new video board inside Bojangles’ Coliseum.

Chubby

Keep an eye out for the Checkers beloved mascot Chubby. Chubby is the oldest mascot of any Charlotte-based sports team and is loved by fans young and old.

CheckMates

The CheckMates are a fun part of any Checkers game and do a fantastic job of pumping up the crowd throughout the game. Enjoy the CheckMates performances during your trip to Bojangles’ Coliseum.

Fight Songs

  1. Goal Horn and Goal Song

Charlotte Checkers Bars & Restaurants

  1. Thirsty Beaver Saloon

    Beers

    Drafts & mixed drinks served in quirky, honky tonk-inspired digs with live music nights & a jukebox.

    1225 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  2. Hawthorne’s New York Pizza & Bar

    Pizza Palermo Subs Missys Village

    NY-style & specialty pizzas, Italian eats & beers in a casual space with outdoor seating.

    1701 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $

  3. Workman’s Friend

    Workmans Friend

    Intimate gastropub with craft beer, elevated bar fare & specialty cocktails, plus outdoor space.

    1531 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    european - $$

  4. Thomas Street Tavern

    Bar Bordertown Grill

    Funky bar featuring kitschy decor & pub grub, plus live music & Ping-Pong on the outdoor patio.

    1218 Thomas Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Snug Harbor

    Snug Harbor

    Hip music venue, dressed up with a nautical feel, hosting local & regional rock acts plus DJ nights.

    1228 Gordon St, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  6. Petra’s Bar

    Tap

    Comfortable sofa-filled venue for live music & other performances plus signature martinis.

    1919 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Krazy Fish

    Krazy Fish

    Eclectic seafood restaurant & tiki bar with quirky decor & front/back patio seating.

    2501 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  8. Smokey Joe’s Cafe

    Bar

    Rustic drinks-only haunt featuring live music, big TVs & pool tables in relaxed, kitsch-filled digs.

    510 Briar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  9. Showmars

    Showmars

    Local chain serving gyros, souvlaki & Greek-American fare in a bright, casual setting.

    2004 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204, USA

    Bar website

    american - european - $$

  10. Dish

    Dish

    Southern fare with Mexican & Cajun touches from breakfast to late-night in a no-frills setting.

    1220 Thomas Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Portofino’s Italian Restaurant

    pasta

    Local Italian chain serving pizza, pasta, classic entrees & wine in a relaxed atmosphere.

    3124 Eastway Dr, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$

  12. Cajun Queen

    Cajun Queen

    Cajun dining in a restored house with 1st-floor & rooftop terraces plus a bar with live jazz.

    1800 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  13. Whiskey Warehouse

    Whiskey Warehouse

    Fashionable pub with gourmet burgers & more plus a spacious & panoramic rooftop with a full bar.

    1221 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. Bang Bang Burgers

    Bang Bang Burgers

    Artisanal burgers with housemade toppings & other sandwiches are made at this counter-serve outfit.

    2001 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  15. Three Amigos Mexican Grill

    Three Amigos Mexican Grill

    Cozy Mexican eatery & cantina offering an array of classic dishes & combos in a cheerful setting.

    2917 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  16. La Unica Mexican Restaurant

    La Unica

    The best authentic Mexican food in town!!

    1101 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  17. Gus’s Sir Beef Restaurant

    Steak

    Fresh My Farm" Vegetables served daily with a selection of Classic Home-Cooked Americana Country Cooking, with Pizza, Italian Dishes, and a large selection of Grilled and Fried Seafood items.

    4101 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$

  18. Lupie’s Cafe

    Lupies Cafe

    Down-home kitchen serving up old-school comfort eats such as meatloaf & chicken 'n' dumplings.

    2718 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    cafe - $

  19. South 21 Drive In

    beer burger Buddys Place

    Old-fashioned, drive-in stop for classic American comfort food with curb service since 1955.

    3101 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA

    Bar website

    american - $