Time Warner Cable arena joins long list of Charlotte sports venues with name changes

- What's in a name when it comes to sporting venues?  Apparently, not a lot.

Here in Charlotte, we have seen a number of our venues change names throughout the years. 

Charlotte Motor Speedway changed to Lowes Motor Speedway in 1999 before changing back to the original in 2010.  Bank of America Stadium was Ericsson Stadium back in 1996 when the Panthers kicked off their inaugural season.  Bojangles Coliseum has seen the most changes throughout the years;  it started as the Charlotte Coliseum, then changed to Independence Arena in 1993, Cricket Arena in 2001 and then Bojangles in 2008.

Now it is time for Time Warner Cable Arena to get a new name for the third time in it's history.  It will now be called The Spectrum Center; a move that most could see coming after Time Warner Cable was bought out.

Related: Time Warner Cable arena, home of Charlotte Hornets, changing name to Spectrum Center

The change does not set well with Corey Hanvy of Charlotte.  He told FOX46 Charlotte, "Why, you know my bill still goes to Time Warner Cable.  You know it has pretty much been a landmark uptown for a while.  I don't understand why they did it."

However, most feel the name of the building is not as important as the team that plays in it. 

"It is the venue you are going there to see the team or the concert or whatever going to see.  It doesn't matter what it is called," said Jennifer Heath

"I associate more now with the Hornets than necessarily Time Warner Cable Arena or The Spectrum. It is more about the team that plays there than what is on the side of the building."

Some said we should just continue to call it The Hive, a nickname it has had since the Hornets came back.

"The Hive definitely is growing on Charlotte with the Hornets.  It is growing on Charlotte.  A positive look," said Cedric McGill.

"Historically it brings back what the Hornets were called in the beginning and how we loved the Hornets and The Hive name," said Jennifer Heath.

One person asked if we stole the name for the city of Philadelphia who NBA team played in The Spectrum for years; my response was that is another story for another day.


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