Founded in 1946, University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the North Carolina’s urban research university. Built on a 1,000-acre campus just 12 miles from Uptown, the university offers internationally competitive programs in numerous fields of study, including in renowned colleges such as the Belk College of Business, the William States Lee College of Engineering and the Cato College of Education. With annual enrollment topping 22,000 students, the Charlotte 49ers boast more than 122,000 living alumni—giving the school a vast and avid athletic fan base. Led by mascot and gold miner Norm the Niner, students and alumni sport green and white in support of the university’s NCAA Division I teams, which include baseball, basketball, football, softball, soccer, tennis, golf, track and field, volleyball and cross country.
Open since October 2005, the Spectrum Center is located in Uptown Charlotte, a 15 minute drive from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Also known as “The Hive,” Spectrum, in addition to hosting numerous largescale concerts and events, is home to Michael Jordan-owned NBA team the Charlotte Hornets. Equipped with large center-hung scoreboards, multiple auxiliary boards and the largest underbelly screens in the NBA, the arena offers fans, no matter where they’re sitting, unparalleled views of on-court action. Located at 333 E. Trade Street, Spectrum’s placement in the heart of Uptown keeps fans close to off-court action, too. The venue is only a 10-minute walk from the Charlotte Convention Center and right next to Charlotte Transportation Center, where the city’s LYNX Blue Line light rail stops. This gives arena-goers easy, car-free access to a wealth of dining and attractions options in and around Center City.