In October of 2005, residents of Charlotte and its surrounding areas welcomed a new beacon to Uptown Charlotte. Spectrum Center, built by the City of Charlotte and operated by Hornets Sports & Entertainment, is home of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and is the premier destination for top-rated concerts and events.
The arena’s design is a “celebration of gathering.” Open walkways, terraces and exposed staircases encourage conversation between arena guests in all areas of the building, providing connectivity and creating community. Fans and visitors will find familiar reflections of the community illustrated through public art and unique displays, which pay tribute to the region’s rich sports and commercial history.
In the summer of 2016, Spectrum Center added one of the largest and most unique center-hung scoreboards in the NBA. The two sideline boards are the tallest in the NBA at 25.2’ high x 42.8’ wide, while the two baseline boards are 18’ high x 31.3’ wide. In terms of square footage, the sideline boards are 180% larger and the baseline boards are 50% larger than the screens on the previous scoreboard, which measured 16’ high x 24’ wide on all four sides. Additionally, the new scoreboard has two underbelly screens measuring 9.8’ high x 16.5’ wide, the largest in the NBA, to provide a better view for those fans sitting in courtside and lower-level club seats.
The scoreboard’s Hornets-branded elements make it one of the NBA’s most unique designs. The open-faced structure allows fans to see through to the scoreboard’s “hive,” the cell pattern cladding and branding within the board that connects the screens and serves as an artistic expression that represents the home of the Hornets.
Along with the new scoreboard, four new auxiliary boards were added to the corners of the upper level. Each board features a 16’ high x 26’ wide video screen in the center flanked by static signage on each side, with the goal of continuing to improve the fan experience.
Guests will experience a superior level of amenities at Spectrum Center from unique socializing areas such as Rock the Rooftop, a fan zone in the Uptown Concourse that is open to the bowl for the ultimate in indoor tailgating that includes a kid’s interactive area, to a food and beverage menu with a freshness and diversity that will appeal to all palettes and ages.