CHARLOTTE, NC — Charlotte is a sports hot spot.
Local product Steph Curry is home to face the Hornets. The ACC Football Championship Game is sold out. Aand the unbeaten Panthers are in the national spotlight. The QC has the sports “juice”.
“When we think of a city, we think of what’s been there,”. says Erik Spanberg with Charlotte Business Journal. “We think of a Final Four, a Super Bowl, who their football team is.”
You know about the perfect Panthers and MJ’s Hornets, but Charlotte is turning it up a few notches. Tickets for Saturday’s Clemson-North Carolina ACC Championship Game have been sold out for weeks, along with the hotel rooms in Uptown.
“I’ve had calls today from people I know saying ‘Can you help me with a hotel?’,” says Will Webb with Charlotte Sports Foundation. “And I’m saying no! You know; no tickets, no hotels. It’s a great situation to have.”
The new look Hornets wrap up a successful 7-game homestand Wednesday night against Steph Curry and the Warriors. And the Belk Bowl is just around the corner. The QC is on a roll.
“This really lends credence to the argument of trying to bring in more and more sports events,” says Spanberg. “Because when they all come together, it really is a huge publicity and tourism boon.”
The Hornets are playing well. The home grown, NBA MVP is in town. You’ve got the ACC Championship game and the unbeaten Panthers. Charlotte is the hot sports destination, and fans might want to get used to that.
The NBA All-Star Game and the PGA Championship come to town in 2017; the President’s Cup in 2021.
Will Webb is the Executive Director with the Charlotte Sports Foundation, he says Charlotte will make another bid for the College Football Campionship game; and maybe someday, a bid to host the Super Bowl.
“We’ve got the facilities,” says Webb. “We’ve got the venues. We’ve got the logistics. And we’ve got the access that makes it a successful formula.”
Clemson fans snapped up the bulk of those tickets for the ACC Championship game, so get ready for plenty of purple and orange on Saturday.
There are still tickets available for the Hornets-Warriors game.