Spectrum Center North Carolina Guide

Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a sports arena mainly used for basketball games. Its primary tenants are the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, but it’s also a place where you can watch hockey, college basketball, pro wrestling, and concerts.

Retail sportsbooks in North Carolina are legal but limited to two Cherokee casinos. NC sports venues haven’t gotten the green light to feature sports betting lounges, although this will likely happen soon. Once it does, Spectrum Center will undoubtedly give its visitors a chance to place bets while in the arena, and we are here to speculate what that might look like.

Here are some of the questions we aim to answer:

  • Where is Spectrum Center Charlotte?
  • What is Spectrum Center’s capacity?
  • Where can I park at Spectrum Center?
  • What will betting look like in the arena?

About Spectrum Center

Spectrum Center is a multi-surface sports arena opened in 2005 as Charlotte Bobcats Arena. It was renamed Time Warner Cable Arena in 2008 before finally being rebranded to Spectrum Center in 2016 after Charter Communications purchased Time Warner (Spectrum is the trade name of Charter Communications).

The arena is home to multiple sports teams, the biggest being the Charlotte Hornets.

Spectrum Center Location

So, where is Spectrum Center? The arena is located in Upper Charlotte near other large sports venues such as Bank of America Stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers) and Truist Field. Racing fans can also visit the nearby NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum. The exact address of the arena is:

  • 333 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

The arena is just a ten-minute drive from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and within walking distance of many high-end hotels and restaurants.

Spectrum Center Capacity

Spectrum Center’s capacity varies depending on the event. When the Hornets play, the maximum capacity is 19,077, but it is expanded to 20,200 for college basketball and pro wrestling. For hockey, the capacity is limited to 14,100, while concert capacity varies from 4,000 (theater) to 18,500 (center stage).

You can visit the arena’s official website to learn more about the Spectrum Center seating chart, events, and tickets.

Spectrum Center Restaurants

The arena currently features three restaurants with 5-star chefs. The main one is the Flight Deck located at the Founders Level. The restaurant features an 80” projection screen above the show kitchen and a private dining room with a projection screen and two large TVs.

In the Grant Thornton Crown Club, you’ll get a customized menu for each game selected by the main chef, complimentary appetizers and snacks, and the ability to high-five the players as they walk to the locker room since the restaurant is close to the court. Lastly, there’s the Hardwood Club located backstage, where you can enjoy a full open bar and freshly popped popcorn.

Sports Betting at Spectrum Center

Legal sports betting apps in North Carolina haven’t arrived yet. There are only a couple of retail sportsbooks in the entire state located inside two casinos (Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River). 

This means that Spectrum Center and all other sports venues and areas across the state currently don’t offer any sports betting options to their visitors.

NC arenas were expected to offer sports betting by now, but SB 688 — the bill that would have allowed this to happen — was narrowly voted down by the House committee in June 2022. The earliest we can hope to see sports betting at Spectrum Center now is late 2023.

Is There a Sportsbook at Charlotte Hornets Arena?

You can’t place any bets at Spectrum Center as it doesn’t feature a sportsbook and online betting hasn’t launched in North Carolina. Once betting in sports arenas becomes available, you’ll likely find the usual assortment of bets such as the moneyline, spreads, totals, props, futures, parlays, and more.

Spectrum Center Partnerships

The arena’s operator is Hornets Sports & Entertainment, and it is best known for hosting Charlotte Hornets games. Aside from the Hornets, the venue has two other permanent tenants: the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers and the WNBA’s Charlotte Sting.

Spectrum Center Parking

Spectrum Center parking options are vast, as nearly 30,000 off-street parking spaces are located around the arena within a 15-minute walking radius.

The best way to find parking when heading to a Charlotte Hornets game or any other event is to use the arena’s ParkMobile service and easily find and reserve a parking spot in advance. Typical parking costs are between $5 and $20, depending on the exact location.

On the arena’s website, you’ll find more information on parking options, directions, and public transportation.

Spectrum Center Accommodations in North Carolina

Spectrum Center does not have any accommodation partnerships but considering it is located in the city’s commercial hotspot, there are several high-end hotels nearby, including:

  • Hyatt House Charlotte-Center City (3-star hotel): 435 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte (5-star hotel): 201 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • Omni Charlotte Hotel (4-star hotel): 132 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • Holiday Inn Charlotte-Center City (3-star hotel): 230 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott (2-star hotel): 311 E 5th St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Spectrum Center Client Services

For inquiries, you can contact Spectrum Center by filling out a form on their website or calling 704-688-9000. The website also has an operations directory with email addresses of all executives, which you can find on the Connect page.

Spectrum Center Online Sportsbooks

Since online betting haven’t arrived in North Carolina, Spectrum Center is currently not partnered with any online sportsbooks. However, there is a possibility of it being a partner or license holder for future NC betting sites.

Spectrum Center NC FAQ

Where is Spectrum Center?

Spectrum Center is located in Upper Charlotte, North Carolina, off I-277 and around a 10-minute drive from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The exact address of the arena is 333 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Is Spectrum Center open 24/7?

Spectrum Center is typically open only on game and concert days. The arena typically opens its doors 45 minutes before the start of an event, but it’s advised to arrive earlier to find a parking spot.

Are there any restaurants at Spectrum Center?

Spectrum Center has three restaurants: Flight Deck, Grant Thornton Crown Club, and Hardwood Club. All restaurants feature 5-star chefs and are equipped with projection screens and flatscreen TVs.

How old do I have to be to bet at Spectrum Center?

The minimum gambling age in North Carolina is 21 years or older and will likely remain that way when sports betting arrives at Spectrum Center.

Does Spectrum Center have an online sportsbook?

Spectrum Center does not run an online sportsbook, nor is it a partner or license holder of any online sportsbook. Online sports betting is still illegal in North Carolina.

What sports can I bet on at Spectrum Center?

You currently can’t bet on any sports while inside Spectrum Center. Online betting is yet to launch in NC, while the only retail sportsbooks can be found in two of the state’s Cherokee casinos.

Can I bet on horses at Spectrum Center?

No, Spectrum Center does not feature off-track horse race betting.

About the Author

Joshua Buckley

Sports Content Manager
Joshua Buckley is Sports Content Manager for NCSharp.com. Along with award-winning experience as a sports editor in Alabama and Texas, he has also spent time in public relations for the tourism and blood banking industries. Joshua is co-host of "Whole Lotta Wolves," the only U.S.-based Wolverhampton Wanders FC podcast.