The Charlotte Hornets are the NBA's newest franchise, joining the league for the 2004-2005 season. The Bobcats' arrival in Charlotte marked a return to the city for professional basketball after the Hornets left for New Orleans in 2002. The team name was changed back to Hornets after the 2014 season. To begin the franchise on the right foot, the Bobcats make UConn center Emeka Okafor the second overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, going one pick after the Orlando Magic snapped up Dwight Howard. Okafor and the Bobcats struggled through their first season, winning just 18 games. With the addition of point guard Raymond Felton from North Carolina and the emergence of forward Gerald Wallace, the Bobcats won 33 games their third season in the NBA. The 2009-2010 season is still the best in Bobcats history. Wallace and guard Stephen Jackson combined for 39.3 points per game as Charlotte made its first NBA playoff appearance. Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic would sweep the Bobcats out of the first round, but it remains the franchise's best season. A new franchise, Charlotte has yet to retire any player's number. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Charlotte Hornets basketball tickets.
2016 Hornets Season Preview
A year after advancing to the playoffs, the Charlotte Hornets took a step backward, failing to reach the playoffs for the 4th time in the past 5 seasons. The Hornets chances for returning to the playoffs in 2015-16 took a major blow when star forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a torn labrum in the preseason and will miss the entire year. Charlotte the drafted talented offensive minded forward Frank Kaminsky in the first round, and will have plenty of veteran leaders in Mo Williams, Tyler Hansbrough, and Jeremy Lin. The loss of Kidd-Gilchrist leaves the 2015 Charlotte Hornets without a superstar, but a solid roster of experienced players should keep the Hornets in playoff contention late in the season.
Check out our Charlotte Hornets Season Preview History page for previews of previous Hornets seasons.
Charlotte Hornets Basketball at Time Warner Cable Arena Address: 333 E Trade St, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202
The Timberwolves play their home games at the Time Warner Cable Arena, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. When filled to capacity, Time Warner Cable Arena holds more than 19,000 screaming fans. With tributes to the Carolinas in the form of artwork dispersed around the arena, Time Warner Cable Arena is the home of the largest scoreboard of any indoor entertainment venue in the United States. The Charlotte Hornets home bench at Time Warner Cable Arena is in front of section 104. Time Warner Cable Arena parking information is located in our Bobcats event guide.
Hornets vs. Lakers
The Hornets have struggled through their history while the Lakers have been one of the more successful franchises in all of sports. However, when these two teams meet, the Hornets usually come out on the winning end. The teams may be on separate coasts, but Charlotte always gives Los Angeles everything they can handle in the games they play.
Hornets vs. Pelicans
With the Pelicans once playing in Charlotte, it is only natural for these two teams to be rivals. The Hornets were created two years after the move and a rivalry was immediately born between the two franchises. The Hornets and Pelicans have struggled on the court over the years, but the games are still intense as the Charlotte fans have not forgiven the Pelicans for relocating.
Hornets in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Finals and NBA Playoffs
The Hornets are still looking for the consistency needed to be considered one of the more successful franchises in the NBA. Charlotte joined the NBA in 2004 and they have only made the playoffs once over the years. With a young team, the Hornets are hopeful that their success on the court will start to turn around.
Charlotte Hornets Event Guide
When do gates open prior to tipoff at a Hornets game?
Doors typically open 60 to 90 minutes before game-time and we advise you to be there early to skip the crowds and to ensure that you find your seat before the game starts.
Where are good places to eat before a Hornets game?
If you are in North Carolina you have to try the southern comfort food. Mert’s Heart and Soul, The King’s Kitchen, and Simmons Soul Food are three of the best in Charlotte. If you are a barbeque fan, don’t miss out on visiting Queen City Q. For an unforgettable dining experience, try McNinch House. It is located in a turn of the century Victorian home and has an unbelievably albeit expensive menu that is perfect for those looking to make dinner a special occasion. For more down to earth dining, try Fuel Pizza, Green’s Lunch, or Halcyon Flavors of the Earth.
Where is the best place to park at Time Warner Cable Arena?
The area around the arena is full of parking options and it is usually pretty easy to find a spot. For shorter walks we recommend looking on the east and southeast corners of the arena, as that is where three of the largest lots are located. If you are looking to save a little money and don’t walking, try looking on N Church Street, as there are a few good options in that area and only about a 15 minute walk to the arena.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Hornets game?
Children 2 years old and older are required to have a ticket to enter Time Warner Cable Arena. If your child is under 2 years old they will be allowed to sit on your lap for the duration of the game. To ensure that they are allowed to enter the arena, don’t forget to bring proof of his/her age.