Super Bowl 50: Charlotte, The City behind the team

Yes, it’s here! Super Bowl Sunday is upon us and tonight/tomorrow morning is Super Bowl 50 from Santa Clara in California.

Contested by the AFC champions, Denver Broncos and NFC champions, Carolina Panthers, its set to be a very good match up.

But as I said yesterday you’ll be hit with loads of facts and stats about these two sides and the super bowl so, I’m going inside the cities behind the teams. Yesterday I looked at Denver, Colorado, today is obviously the turn of the home of the Panthers, North Carolina and more closely the City of Charlotte, which hosts the Panthers.

Charlotte is the biggest city in North Carolina and is the home of the Panthers, 75000 capacity, Bank Of America Stadium. It is rated at the 17th most populated city in America with close to 850000 residents and after New York, it is the second largest banking city in the US with the country’s second largest bank, The Bank of America, calling Charlotte its home.

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Announced as the NFL’s 29th team in 1993 the Panthers began playing in uptown Charlotte in 1995. In terms of other sports in the area, Charlotte also hosts an NBA franchise called the Charlotte Hornets.

The Hornets play in the Time Warner Cable Arena. The original Hornets NBA franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team, but relocated to New Orleans in 2002 after animosity grew between the team’s fans and the owner. The NBA quickly granted Charlotte an expansion franchise following the departure of the Hornets and the new franchise, the Charlotte Bobcats, began play in 2004. The team retook the Hornets name when the now-New Orleans based team renamed themselves the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013. The name change became official on May 20, 2014, along with the revelation that the franchise would reclaim the history and records of the original 1988-2002 Hornets.

Hornets Star Kemba Walker
Hornets Star Kemba Walker

If you’re a MLB fan in North Carolina, you’re out of luck as they do not host a major baseball team, despite many lower league teams existing.

They do host a NHL hockey franchise in the form of state capital, Raleigh-based, Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes are the only major professional team from North Carolina to have won a league championship, having captured the Stanley Cup in 2006. Can the Panthers change that on Sunday?

Notable people from Charlotte, North Carolina include America’s Got Talent host, Nick Cannon and WWE wrestler, Ric Flair.

Ric Flair
Ric Flair

So there we go, a bit of info for you to impress your mates with whilst you watch one of the greatest sports spectacles on earth!

Keep an eye on the Severn Sport Facebook and Twitter during the game for our thoughts on the game and check the website next week for more NFL blogs!

Good luck to both and may the best team win!

Matt Yates
@myatesey