In Game

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.

Things to check out

History of Charlotte Basketball Display

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.

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Hornets Team Store

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.

State of the Art Scoreboard

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.

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Craft Beer Garden

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.

Hugo’s Hangout

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

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.

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Charlotte Honey Bees

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.

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Buzz City Brass

The Buzz City Brass put on incredible pregame and postgame concerts, so arrive early and stay late to enjoy this musical accompaniment to the Hornets.

Swarm Squad

The Swarm Squad provide incredible entertainment during stoppages in play. Whether they’re dunking basketball or firing t-shirts into the crowd, you won’t want to miss the Swarm Squad.

Big Pat

Big Pat has been the Hornets PA announcer for years and is one of the best in the business, so keep your ears peeled for this Charlotte legend while taking in the game.

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Fight Songs

  1. Charlotte Hornets Chant

    Charlotte Hornets! (clap)

    Charlotte Hornets! (clap)

    Charlotte Hornets! (clap)

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