Both the Hornets and Hawks play in the Southeast Division, and the two cities are only four hours apart creating one of the fiercest rivalries for the Hornets and their fans. Both Charlotte and Atlanta are similar cities vying for the title of being the largest city in the south, so you’ll find plenty of bad blood between these two teams.
The Miami Heat have been the dominant team in the Southeast Division for most of the last several seasons, which hasn’t sat well with the Hornets or their fans. The Heat have also eliminated the Hornets from the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, so you’ll find no love lost between these two teams.
Hornets fans hate the Pelicans due to their original team being stolen from them, so you’ll hear plenty of boos when New Orleans comes to town. The two teams may only play once a year due to the teams being in different conferences, but that doesn’t stop Hornets fans from coming out in high numbers to support their new team during these matchups.
Hornets Stadium Guide
Basketball runs deep in North Carolina, and the fans love for the Hornets is no different. While major college programs like North Carolina, Duke, and NC State may get the bulk of the press, the Hornets are still very popular among Carolinians. The crowd and atmosphere at Hornets games are electric, and you’ll find plenty of diehards in the crowd for the marquee games.
While the crowds can be a bit smaller for less important games, you’ll still find plenty of diehards in the crowd. You’ll also have the chance to grab tickets at bargain prices as low as $16 for the upper deck.
Another cool aspect of attending a Hornets game is the fact you’ll have the chance to catch a glimpse of the greatest player of all-time, Michael Jordan. Jordan is part owner of the team, so you’ll often find him in the crowd cheering on the Hornets just like you.
Additionally, Spectrum Centers location in Uptown Charlotte means there are plenty of places to eat, drink, and hangout before the game.
Carolinians love for basketball, and the state’s incredible basketball history make attending a Hornets game an excellent experience.
The tribute to Carolina's basketball past adorns the wall of Spectrum Center, so make sure to check it out during your visit. The wall is located along the escalator is home to some incredible basketball memorabilia representing the state’s strong college and pro basketball history.
The Hornets store offers just about every piece of Hornets gear you could imagine, including jerseys, hats and much more. A game ticket is not required to access the store, so even if you’re not attending a game stop by and grab some Hornets swag during your trip to Charlotte.
The new video scoreboard is the most technologically advanced scoreboard and sound system in the country and features one the largest video screen at any NBA arena. The Jumbotron offers you dynamic look at every play during the game and is a must see for any basketball fan out there.
All you craft beer enthusiasts out there will love your trip to Charlotte thanks to Spectrum Center’s craft beer garden. You’ll find a variety of excellent craft beers inside the arena including Foothills Brewing and Triple C Brewing Co. so you won’t leave a Hornets game thirsty.
Located on the upper level, Hugo’s Hangout offers a variety of interactive games and activities for kids. The whole thing is basketball themed and the attendants even are wearing referee uniforms. If you’re coming to the game with kids in tow then make sure to stop by Hugo’s Hangout.
Hugo the Hornet is the Charlotte Hornets mascots and has been entertaining crowds since the start of the franchise. During the game you’ll find Hugo throwing T-shirts into the crowd, messing around with fans, and pumping up the crowd.
The Charlotte Honey Bees perform a variety of dances during the game in addition to pumping up the crowd at pivotal times. Keep your eyes peeled for these dancers as they’ll keep you entertained throughout.