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Charlotte Sports: The Ultimate Fan Experience

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With BB&T Ballpark officially welcoming baseball to uptown Charlotte this Friday, there are more options than ever for sports entertainment in the Queen City.

Sports fans can take in games of football, basketball, hockey, lacrosse and now baseball. The city currently has five professional sports teams: Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte Checkers, Charlotte Hounds and the Charlotte Knights.

If you’re looking for the ultimate fan experience, we’ve got all the details you need to pick the team that’s right for you:

Charlotte Knights

BB&T Ballpark is a far cry from their home in Fort Mill. Fans are immediately greeted to sweeping views of the Charlotte skyline over the right-center field fence. Those familiar with the old stadium will notice the newer ballpark feels much more compact. The ball park can hold 10,200 people, including standing room.

· Tickets range from $8 for standing room to $18 for seats along the baselines and around home plate.

· Fans can save $2 per ticket by purchasing in advance.

· While traditional ballpark fare including peanuts, popcorn and hotdogs will be available, guests can enjoy fresh chili and other items prepared by the executive chef at the ballpark.

· The video board in the outfield will be the widest of any minor league team and six times bigger than the screen at the old stadium.

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have been a staple in Uptown for years. Bank of America Stadium is enhancing the fan experience for the upcoming season, however by installing new high-definition video boards, surround sound system and improved entry gates. A Panthers spokesman said that the improvements were meant to keep up with the latest technology and serve an aging PSL ticket holder population. Bank of America Stadium has 75,172 total seats, including handicapped seating.

· Tickets for panthers games range from $41 to $120 and tend to vary depending on the opponent and can be purchased on ticketmaster.com

· Bank of America Stadium regularly hosts other sporting events including concerts and NCAA games.

· In August, Liverpool FC and AC Milan will bring international soccer to Uptown.

· The Panthers recently upgraded their WiFi capabilities within the stadium

Charlotte Bobcats

The playoff-bound Charlotte Bobcats play at Time Warner Cable Arena, in the heart of uptown. When the stadium is full, fans of professional basketball can cheer with more than 19,000 of their closest friends as Kobe Bryant or Lebron James take on Big Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker. The Bobcats have taken strides to make sure there is something for every member of the family, from a craft beer garden to a kid’s area featuring a basketball court.

· Tickets vary in price but single-game seats can be purchased for as low as $10.

· Food options include Papa John’s Pizza, Bojangles’ and pulled pork barbecue.

· Next season, the Bobcats will change their name back to the Charlotte Hornets, a move that has excited basketball fans throughout the city.

Charlotte Checkers

The Charlotte Checkers also play their games in Time Warner Cable Arena. The basketball court is transformed into an ice rink as the minor league hockey team competes. Checkers games are noticeably less crowded, but the fans are sure to have a great time.

· Tickets range in price from $20 to more than $100

· Seats are only available in the lower level of the arena.

· Fans are encouraged to cheer and holler, but overly disruptive behavior is not allowed

Charlotte Hounds

American Legion Memorial Stadium is one of the city’s most historic sporting venues. Last year, more than 6,000 people attended the all-star game held at the stadium, and fans of the Hounds are fiercely loyal. Memorial stadium holds 11,000, so there’s always room for more.

· Tickets range in price from $12.50 to $42.50

· Concessions include hot dogs, hamburgers, fresh-squeezed lemonade and funnel cakes.

· Hounds team members enjoy meeting their fans and hold “Meet the Team” events regularly.

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