Sports & Recreation

Charlotte Loves Sports…

Charlotte is fast becoming a National sports hub… with NBA Charlotte Bobcats, minor league Hockey, AAA Baseball and the home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, Charlotte has something to cheer about! Some of the Nation’s hottest stock car racing can be seen at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The three NASCAR Winston Cup events: The Coca Cola 600, the Winston and the Mello Yello 500 take place hereStadium in Charlotte.  Charlotte is also home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame located in Uptown Charlotte!

The Carolina Panthers

are a professional NFL football team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are currently members of the National Football Conference (NFC South)  The Panthers, along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, joined the NFL as expansion teams in 1995. In their existence, the Panthers have compiled a record of 131–150, and appeared in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston.

The Charlotte Bobcats

are a professional NBA team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association. The Bobcats were established in 2004 as an expansion team, two seasons after Charlotte’s previous NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, relocated to New Orleans. The team is owned by former NBA player Michael Jordan, who acquired the team in 2010. The Bobcats play their home games at Time Warner Cable Arena in Uptown Charlotte.

The Charlotte Knights

are a minor league baseball team representing Charlotte, North Carolina. The team, which plays in the International League, is the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox of the American League. knightsThe Knights currently play in Knights Stadium, located in Fort Mill, South Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte, but are scheduled to move to a new uptown stadium in 2014.

The Charlotte Checkers

are a minor-league professional ice hockey team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. They are members of the South Division of the Western Conference of the American Hockey League (AHL), and are the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Checkers play their home games at Time Warner Cable Arena in Uptown Charlotte, also home to the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.

Charlotte Eagles

is an American professional soccer team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Founded in 1991, the team plays in the American Division of the new USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. Charlotte Lady Eagles is an American women’s soccer team, founded in 2003. The team is a member of the United Soccer Leagues W-League, the second tier of women’s soccer in the United States and Canada. The team plays in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference against the Atlanta Silverbacks Women, Dayton Dutch Lions FC, Fredericksburg Impact, Hampton Roads Piranhas, Northern Virginia Majestics.

Wells Fargo Championships:

Golf lovers are fortunate to see the new Wells Fargo Championships at Quail Hollow Country Club May 5th through the 11th. There are also approximately 60 public and private golf courses in the immediate Charlotte region.

queenscupThe Queen’s Cup

is like no other sporting and social event in the Charlotte region. A Saturday afternoon in the country each spring is greeted with great anticipation. Thousands come to see some of the most athletic thoroughbreds compete at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. The jockeys, dressed in bright colored silks, push their sleek steeds to clear four and a half foot jumps over a two and a quarter to as much as three mile rolling turf course. The prestige of over $90,000 in purse money to the winning owners and the opportunity to bask in the glory of the winner’s circle is what it’s all about from the horse’s connections.

Charlotte Motor Speedway:

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is a family-owned and -operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto racing sports events. It was founded by Bill France, Sr. in 1947–48. As of 2009, the CEO for the company is Brian France, grandson of Bill France, Sr. NASCAR is the largest sanctioning body of stock car racing in the United States The three largest racing series sanctioned by NASCAR are the Sprint Cup Series, the Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. It also oversees NASCAR Local Racing, the Whelen Modified Tour, the Whelen All-American Series, and the NASCAR Series. NASCAR sanctions over 1500 races at over 100 tracks in 39 US states and Canada. NASCAR has presented exhibition races at the Suzuka and Motegi circuits in Japan, Mexico, and Calder Park Raceway in Australia.

The Charlotte 49ers

are a collegiate football program that represents the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees officially voted to add Forty Niner football on November 13, 2008, after a unanimous recommendation by the Football Feasibility Committee. The program will take the field in 2013.

U.S. National Whitewater Center:  

Home to the world’s largest man-made whitewater river and with many different water and land activities, the USNWC is Charlotte’s ultimate playground.

Father & SonThe Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department

Home to 210 parks and facilities located on more than 17,600 acres of parkland throughout Mecklenburg County. Parks in Mecklenburg County come in all shapes and sizes ranging from small neighborhood parks to large district parks.  Many parks have open space amidst shade trees and unique facilities. A few parks to check out include: Freedom Park, Reedy Creek Park, Winget Park, Nevin Community Park, Frazier Park, Ramsey Creek Park, James Boyce Park, Hornets Nest Park, Rama Road Park .