Music - Night Spots by the Cars
Photographed in 1991 and 1997 using film.
Bojangles Coliseum - Opened in 1955 and is still in use.
Known as Charlotte Coliseum 1955 - 1988, Independence Arena 1988 - 2001, Cricket Arena 2001 - 2008, Bojangles Coliseum 2008 - present.
Location - 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte, North Carolina
The ORIGINAL Charlotte Coliseum had a few names. It was the Coliseum from the time it opened in 1955 thru 1988 when the other Charlotte Coliseum opened. The name was changed to Independence arena and that lasted thru 2001. The Cricket arena then took over and stayed thru 2008. The building is now known as the Bojangles Coliseum, which is for Bojangles' famous chicken n biscuits.
The building was opened in 1955 and at the time, was the largest unsupported steel dome in the world. After years of neglect, the building was extensively renovated in 2001. The building has that old college gym or early sports arena feel to it. The sightlines are very good inside the dome.
Before the new Coliseum opened in 1988, it was the premier concert venue for Charlotte. Led Zeppelin, Journey, the Rolling Stones, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street band and Elvis all played here. The arena now hosts smaller concerts as well as pro wrestling. It hosted pro sports for 5 years between 1969 and 1974. The Carolina Cougars of the old ABA called the arena home albeit part time. The Cougars, like the Virginia Squires, played all over their respective states in different venues. The arena had other tenants like the Charlotte Cobras of the MILL and the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL.
The building has no major tenant now, but is a perfect fit for smaller concerts, trade and stage shows which are too small for the Time Warner Cable arena. The locals love their old building, unlike the demolished beehive. The closeness to downtown and the fact the building is on a main artery will keep it around for a little while longer.