On Jan. 12, Hornets Sports & Entertainment (HSE) announced new renovation plans for the Spectrum Center, hoping to redefine and elevate the overall guest experience. The initiative is set to begin during the NBA offseason in 2024 and 2025, with completion anticipated before the 2025-26 NBA season.
The renovations are part of a broader project approved by the city of Charlotte in June 2022, which includes a training facility and extends the Hornets’ lease at Spectrum Center until 2045. Due to the renovations, Spectrum Center is expected to be closed from May through September in both 2024 and 2025.
In a Spectrum Center press release on Jan. 12, the HSE Executive Vice President & Spectrum Center General Manager Donna Julian discussed the project.
“We have always viewed Spectrum Center as an important community asset that brings people together and has a tremendous economic impact for our city. This project is an extremely collaborative effort with the City of Charlotte and Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, architect Perkins & Will, construction companies Turner and D.A. Everett, consultant CAA Icon, and our concession partner, Levy,” said Julian.
According to the Spectrum Center press release, key focus areas within the Spectrum Center Project include modifications to improve traffic flow, main concourse renovations with four themed ‘destinations’ inspired by Carolina communities, the addition of 2,500 lower-level seats and the replacement of all seats throughout the arena.
There will be an addition of a new Courtside Club and a renovation of premium spaces, including the Suite Level, where there will be five different suite options to accommodate increased guest numbers. Renovations to the Founders Level will begin in 2025.
Additionally, the project will provide food and beverage upgrades, including implementing Grab-and-Go technology for a more seamless concession experience. There will also be expanded menu options, additional bar offerings and more social gathering spaces.
“This is a monumental project for the tourism industry and the region as a whole,” said CEO of the Charlotte Regional Vistors Authority, Steve Bagwell, in the Spectrum Center press release.
The transformation aims to make Spectrum Center a premier sports and entertainment destination in the Carolinas for years. The groundbreaking Spectrum Center project will create a new era in Charlotte’s entertainment landscape.