NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday Charlotte could host a future All-Star Game. First, he said, the city must upgrade Time Warner Cable Arena, which needs $41.9 million of work, according to a list of needs compiled by the Charlotte Bobcats and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. “I’d love to bring the All-Star Game back here,” Silver said before the Bobcats game with the Houston Rockets. “This is a wonderful community, a hotbed of basketball, not just pro but college as well.” He added: “There are some upgrades to the building that are needed. I know those discussions are underway right now. It’s part of the understanding here that the building remain state-of-the-art. Nothing dramatic is needed. But certainly an upgrade to the scoreboard, some things with the suites and the lighting.” The Bobcats’ 25-year arena lease calls for the city of Charlotte to keep Time Warner Cable Arena among the league’s most modern. After the first seven years, the lease requires the city to make improvements, so long as half of other NBA facilities have them. The city-owned arena opened in the fall of 2005. Only two new NBA arenas have been built since then, in Orlando and Brooklyn, N.Y. The team has requested money to upgrade suites, overhaul restaurants, build a new play area for children and move the ticket office, among other improvements.
Upgrade arena, then maybe All-Star Game will come to Charlotte
Charlotte Observer | Mar 25