The Charlotte Coliseum - the building was demolished via implosion on June 3, 2007

The Charlotte Coliseum was a multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, US. It was operated by the Charlotte Coliseum Authority, which also oversees the operation of Cricket Arena, the Charlotte Convention Center, and Ovens Auditorium.
The city of Charlotte sold the property, and the building was demolished via implosion on June 3, 2007. A mixed-use development is now planned for the space since the demolition is complete.




It hosted its final NBA basketball game on October 26, 2005; a preseason game between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Indiana Pacers.

The first concert hosted was Frank Sinatra. The final performance in the Coliseum was by Rick Sammons.
Construction on the Charlotte Coliseum began in 1986[1] and was opened in 1988, approximately one year after the inception of the Charlotte Hornets. At the time the venue was seen as state-of-the-art, complete with luxury boxes and a large eight-sided video scoreboard. On the morning of the day the Coliseum was to host its first event, the multi-million dollar scoreboard was being repositioned when it struck the ceiling and crashed to the floor, destroying both it and the basketball court it landed on (an alternate floor was brought from Cricket Arena in time for the game that night).


When the Hornets made their NBA debut in November 1988 the Charlotte Coliseum was the largest venue in the league, seating nearly 24,000 fans. The Hornets would go on to lead the NBA in attendance over the course of their first seven seasons playing in “The Hive,”[1] but poorly-received decisions made by Hornets team owner George Shinn caused fan support to dwindle, and by the time the Hornets relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2002, the Hornets’ attendance had dropped to dead last in the 29-team league. By then the once-sparkling Coliseum was seen by many as outdated and no longer suitable to be the home of a major professional sports team.

The arena was also used for a variety of collegiate basketball events. The Coliseum hosted the 1994 Men’s Final Four and the 1996 Women’s Final Four (both jointly hosted by Davidson College and UNC Charlotte), in addition to many NCAA Tournament regionals, sub-regionals, eight ACC men’s basketball tournaments and the 1989 Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball tournament.

It also hosted the 1991 NBA All-Star Game. It was also the site of WWE Unforgiven 1999 and WWE Judgment Day 2003.

This was actually the second building to use the name “Charlotte Coliseum”; Cricket Arena, located on Independence Boulevard, originally opened as the Coliseum, and it shared the same features as the “new” Coliseum, including its famous domed roof.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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