The Uptown Arena
is the planned arena for the NBA
's Charlotte Bobcats
on. The arena name is tentative, and will likely be changed via a sponsorship deal before the venue opens. ("Uptown" is the local term for Charlotte's central business district.) The city's WNBA
team, the Charlotte Sting
, will also use the arena, but will not play there until 2006
, since the new arena will not be ready for the Sting's summer season in 2005. The Bobcats will play their inaugural season (2004
) in the existing Charlotte Coliseum
, where the Sting now play.
The situation is similar to that of Charlotte's other major-league franchise, the NFL's Carolina Panthers. The Panthers played their first season (1995) at Clemson University before the completion of their current home, Ericsson Stadium, in 1996.