Charlotte to spend $33.5 million on Hornets arena improvements

Tuesday August 26th, 2014

The city of Charlotte is prepared to spend $27.5 million in capital improvements for Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the NBA’s Hornets, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Charlotte will also spend $600,000 each year for the next decade to maintain the building. 

The team and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority had asked the city for $48 million to improve the arena earlier this year.

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The Hornets plan to bid on hosting the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 or 2018 and improving the arena is paramount for the team to secure a winning bid, according to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. The city will spend $775,000 to rework part of the lower bowl of the arena and a new scoreboard is scheduled to be put in by 2018.

Time Warner Cable Arena opened in 2005 and seats 19,000 for basketball. 

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