At the start of last season, the Charlotte Hornets were universally lauded for their new Spectrum Center court, which featured a honeycomb pattern much like an actual hornet’s nest. Ahead of the 2016-2017 season, the Hornets are taking their insect theme up another notch.
The Hornets just debuted a brand new scoreboard over center court. When the players stand beneath it and look up as they jump to snare the opening tipoff, they’ll see a giant hive staring back down at them. The hive (or nest, or whatever you call the thing hornets build and hang out in) is by far the best part of the new Jumbotron, which also features enlarged versions of both screens facing the sidelines. These screens were made 150 percent bigger, and the two screens facing the baseline are now 50 percent larger.
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The hive lights up in any color the team desires, which should make for a cool effect.
Kudos to the Hornets for their creativity in arena redesign and their willingness to take risks. The Spectrum Center has become a must-visit venue.