This week in Charlotte: Hornets deal for Spectrum Center work
A proposed deal between the Charlotte Hornets and the city for renovations to the Spectrum Center will go to a vote Monday night.
Late last month, the City of Charlotte proposed $215 million in investments to upgrade the downtown arena and $60 million to build a training center for the NBA team, a reported Genna Contino of The Charlotte Observer.
The money for the renovations would come from the city’s tourism dollars — rental car sales tax or hotel occupancy tax, for example — and wouldn’t affect the city’s overall budget. city officials said.
The Hornets’ lease at the city-owned arena would also be extended through 2045. The existing lease is set to expire in 2030.
Last week, the city released the first renderings showing a high-rise building for the Hornets towering over the Spectrum Center and located where the Charlotte Transportation Center currently stands.
The plan calls for the bus installation to be moved underground.
Naming rights would help pay for the proposed training facility, city officials said.
If the proposal is approved, construction could begin this summer and take four years.
The Observer asked readers for their thoughts on the arena renovation project. Watch for a story about the poll results this week on our homepage.
Council will meet to consider the proposal and other items at 5 p.m. Monday, followed by its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. The meetings will be broadcast on the government channel and the city’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
▪ Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners: The board will hold a fiscal policy session at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Friday mid-afternoon, the board also had two special meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at times to be determined. The meetings can be viewed on the government channel or online at watch.mecknc.gov.
New place for outdoor adventures
Lake Norman is about to have a new attraction for families and outdoor enthusiasts.
Catawba County will open Mountain Creek Park to the public next Saturday. The $8.5 million park sits on the northwest tip of the lake in Sherrills Ford — about 34 miles northwest of Charlotte via NC 16 North.
Among the offerings at the 606-acre site are an adventure playground, mountain biking course, pickleball courts, fishing pier, and hiking trails.
The Observer’s Joe Marusak will get a preview of the new park before it opens next weekend. Watch it on CharlotteObserver.com.
Juneteenth in Charlotte
Several celebrations are planned in the Charlotte area this week for Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
The holiday is celebrated on June 19 and this year it coincides with Father’s Day.
Charlotte Five has a list of gatherings in and around Charlotte at https://bit.ly/3zslluo.
Father’s Day gift guide
Time is running out, guys.
Father’s Day is in a week.
If you’re looking for a special treat for the dads, brothers, grandfathers, or friends in your life, The Observer’s Evan Moore has you covered. Some of his gift ideas include local craft beers, a night of music and tails, polo shirts, koozies, and even pro wrestling experience. Look for her guide on CharlotteFive.com.
▪ Get crafty with the whole family during a Creative Clay workshop hosted in partnership with Clayworks and the ASCs Culture Blocks program. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. David B. Waymer Recreation Center, 14008 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville. https://bit.ly/3th6mPY
▪ Enjoy an intimate performance of legendary Queen tunes in a candlelit setting while enjoying beverages available for purchase from the Triple C Brewing Company. 7-8 p.m. Wednesday. $40. Online purchase. The Barrel Room, 2832 Griffith St., Charlotte. https://bit.ly/3zkXqwN
▪ Map your selections for Untappd. Saturday’s festival features unlimited beer samples from over 300 choices provided by 100 of the social networking platform’s top-rated breweries, including some of your local favourites. Live music and souvenir mugs are included. General admission is $60, while VIP entry is $150. American Legion Memorial Stadium, 1218-1238 Armory Drive. https://bit.ly/354E16K
Playing sports in Charlotte
▪ The Carolina Panthers will host a mandatory minicamp for players Tuesday through Thursday. The minicamp is not open to the public. Follow coverage at charlotteobserver.com/sports.
▪ Charlotte FC travel to Ohio to take on the Columbus Crew, one of Major League Soccer’s original franchises, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The match will be broadcast on WSOC and Telemundo Charlotte.
▪ The Charlotte Knights return home for a six-game series against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The series begins on Tuesday, and this week’s specials include two nights of fireworks.
▪ The fifth annual Pride Bar Crawl will take revelers to nine downtown bars. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth. Tickets start at $18. 4 p.m. Saturday. World of Beer, 210 E. Trade St.
▪ The Tattoo Festival, presented by Villain Arts, will take place in Charlotte for the first time. Friday Sunday. Charlotte Convention Center. One-day passes cost $22, while a three-day pass costs $45.
▪ Concerts at major venues this week include Tears for Fears (Monday, PNC Music Pavillion), Ana Gabriel (Thursday, Spectrum Center), Maren Morris (Thursday, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre) and Kid Rock (Friday, PNC Music Pavillion) .
Compiled by Rogelio Aranda