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Old 01-13-2011, 12:45 PM
 
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It sickens me to see TWC Arena Half Empty. This city and state needs to get over the Hornets and welcome in the Bobcats! I know they don't win alot of games but we need to support our team! This is whats wrong with southern sports teams! Shame on you Charlotte!
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: livin' the good life on America's favorite island
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I think part of the reason why Bobcats haven't pulled in the fans is many Charlotteans are transients from another cities and have alliances with other teams. IMO Bobcats have not offered a good product to attract fans. In past years that I attended games (when my favorite NBA team comes to town) half the consession stands were closed. I've been to a couple games this year...where did the cheerleaders come from, Uptown Caberet?
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:08 PM
 
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As a native here let me provide a little info from a locals perspective. The Bobcats started off on the wrong foot with CLT. Yes....residents and fans had a little ill will leftover from the Hornets leaving. Especially if you had purchased one of the expensive starter jackets or jerseys back in the day
The tax vote was probably the biggest mistake that was made to build the arena. There was a vote before the arena was built on whether to use tax dollars to build the arena or put the money towards other areas such as the arts. Charlotte residents voted against the arena. At the time we did not believe it was right to use tax dollars to fund a new basketball arena which we did not need. (after all we blew up the old one that was perfectly functional) What did the city do after the final vote was made? They decided to build the arena anyway....basically ignoring the voters. I believe that this combined with the extremely high ticket prices when the arena was first built started the downward trend of the bobcats. Personally I have nothing against them now since it is over and done with ( I've been to several games and hope they will succeed one day) It is ironic though that here in college basketball country the bobcats can't seem to even half fill the stands.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I know quite a few folks who'd love to go to some games, but being unemployed pretty much prevents them from being able to afford tickets.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:10 PM
 
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The tax vote was probably the biggest mistake that was made to build the arena. There was a vote before the arena was built on whether to use tax dollars to build the arena or put the money towards other areas such as the arts. Charlotte residents voted against the arena. At the time we did not believe it was right to use tax dollars to fund a new basketball arena which we did not need. (after all we blew up the old one that was perfectly functional) What did the city do after the final vote was made? They decided to build the arena anyway....basically ignoring the voters.
And this is what the Charlotteans need to get over.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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We had this discussion last year....

The way to bring more fannies into the seats is for the team to WIN. They had a little fire at the end of last year (attendance was up), but it didn't help getting shellacked by Orlando in the 1st round.

This year started off horrible....weather hasn't helped...

Now w/Silas at the helms, maybe that has lit the spark (they have gone on a nice little winning streak since brown was canned). We'll see...
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:31 PM
 
Location: CLT native
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It sickens me to see TWC Arena Half Empty. This city and state needs to get over the Hornets and welcome in the Bobcats! I know they don't win alot of games but we need to support our team!
So you wish to mandate how and where I spend my entertainment dollars?
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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Charlotte is not the only city that can not sell seats in an arena for a sport that is losing appeal. I used to watch pro basketball but not so much anymore. I prefer to watch college basketball and there are few of them at the arena.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I'm not interested in basketball. And I'm certainly not going to support a city government that thinks that the will of the people doesn't matter.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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And this is what the Charlotteans need to get over.

I'm still fairly new to the area, and I was not part of the community at that time. You say that residents who voted against the arena should "get over it"? Get over the fact that the local officials ignored their vote? Should the voters that did not want their tax money going to the arena in the first place, just decide to go spend more money there anyway?

LOL

Back on the real subject, I'm pure football fan, but if the Bobcats started having winning seasons and won the championship, I'm sure more people would be interested in seeing them play. After all, when it comes down to it, it is a business, and we are the customers. Who wants to spend money on a bad product?
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