Remember when the Charlotte Hornets left the Queen City back in 2002? More than likely you do. You still might remember the names of George Shinn and Ray Wooldridge as they took a piece of the heart and soul of Charlotte when they moved the team to New Orleans. But that seems like light years ago and today's announcement of the NBA All Star Game coming to Charlotte puts that further in the rear view mirror.
"It is very unusual to have a franchise leave the way it did and to have the team comeback and then have the name come back on top of that," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. "Then bring an All Star Game on top of that. Everyone is complete now in a way."
The NBA All Star Game is going to bring a lot of people to the Queen City in February of 2017. It is know for it's celebrity parties, but the league will also have numerous events at Time Warner Cable Arena, the Charlotte Convention Center, and Bojangles Coliseum like the NBA All Star Celebrity Game, the NBDL All Star Game, and NBA Cares events where they reach thousands of kids and their families to give assistance and resources to community based programs.
The All Star Game itself will be broadcast to more than 200 countries around the world and in more than 40 languages. They expect to credential more than 2000 media members.
In other words folks, this is BIG for Charlotte.
February of 2017 is going to be CRAZY in the Queen City. The last week of the month, the CIAA will hold its annual basketball tournament, but that will just be dessert for the big weekend that will be from February 17-19, 2017.
Charlotte, you have time to get ready, but it is going to be one of the most exciting weekend, EVER!