Music - Wild eyed Southern boys by .38 special
Photographed in 1991 and 1997 using film.
Charlotte Coliseum - Opened August 11, 1988, closed October 26, 2005. The Coliseum was imploded on June 3, 2007.
Location - 100 Paul Buck Blvd. Charlotte, North Carolina
The Charlotte Coliseum also had a nickname of the "beehive" due to the fact that it's major tenant was the old Charlotte Hornets of the NBA. The building opened on August 11, 1988 and was considered state-of-the-art at the time. It had luxury boxes, the huge 8 sided scoreboard and seated 24,042 for basketball. An omen of sorts happened the day after opening, as the scoreboard fell and destroyed the basketball floor. The building hosted the 1991 NBA all star game, as well as the usual wrestling, concerts, and other events. It also hosted 8 ACC mens basketball tournaments and the 1989 Sun Belt conference tournament.
The Charlotte Hornets were the main tenant from 1988 till 2002 when they left for New Orleans. The blame can be placed on the teams IDIOT owner George Shinn due to poor decisions and personal scandals. After the Hornets left, the arena was deemed outdated and was not suitable for pro sports teams. To me THAT is hard to believe. The arena would get a reprieve as the new Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA used the arena from 2004-2005. The final NBA game was on October 26, 2006 with an exhibition between the Bobcats and the Indiana Pacers. A few days later, the Bobcats moved into their brand new Time Warner Cable arena in downtown Charlotte. Other teams that made the beehive home were the Charlotte 49ers (NCAA), the Charlotte Rage of the AFL, the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA, the Carolina Cobras of the AFL and the 1994 NCAA mens basketball tournament.
The last hurrah for the arena was as a shelter for Hurricane Katrina victims in the fall of 2005. The arena was closed for good on October 26, 2005. The following year and a half saw the arena gutted and set for demolition. On the morning of June 3, 2007, the arena was imploded. A mixed use development is planned for the site of the old Beehive. You died WAYYY too early.