May 11, 2023 - Sports

Charlotte Museum of History exhibit will celebrate Charlotte Hornets 35th anniversary

1994 Charlotte Hornets

NEW YORK CITY - JANUARY 2: Muggsy Bogues #1, Dell Curry #30 and LeRon Ellis of the Charlotte Hornets walk against the New York Knicks on January 2, 1994 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1994 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Charlotte Hornets are teaming up with the Charlotte Museum of History to create an exhibit celebrating their 35th anniversary during the upcoming season.

Driving the news: The exhibit will be called “Hive at 35” and will open on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Why it matters: The original Hornets, the Carolinas’ first major league professional team, were the hottest ticket in town with fan favorites like Muggsy Bogues, the shortest player to ever play in the NBA, and Dell Curry, whose sons Steph and Seth Curry would go on to play in the NBA.

  • They led the league in attendance during their inaugural season. They recorded 364 consecutive sellouts during those early years at the Charlotte Coliseum off Tyvola Road. Plus they led the league in attendance from the 1990-91 season until 1996-97.

Of note: The team will have a new classic edition uniform and special logo for the upcoming season marking the anniversary. It’s the team logo set over pinstripes with “35 Years” at the top and “1988” and “2023” at the bottom.

Details: The exhibit will highlight the franchise’s 35-year history with original jerseys and game-worn shoes from the inaugural season. It’ll also have other milestone moments, interactive spaces, vintage Hornets giveaways, plus a timeline of the basketball history in the Carolinas.

  • Hornets season ticket holders will receive free admission for one day to see the exhibit. Standard admission applies: $10 for adults, $7 for seniors over age 62 and children age 6-17. Museum members and children under age 5 receive free entry.

What they’re saying: “My mantra is ‘History shouldn’t be boring!’”  Terri White, president and CEO of the Charlotte Museum of History, said in a statement.

  • “Everyone is aware that the Charlotte region and the Carolinas have a deep legacy of basketball greatness and a love affair with the game at all levels, from young kids playing on AAU and high school teams to fans enjoying some of the best college basketball in the nation to the Hornets bringing the excitement of NBA action to the area,” Hornets president and vice chairman Fred Whitfield said.
Hugo the Hornet (left) and Terri L. White, Charlotte Museum of History president and CEO, announcing the "Hive at 35" exhibit. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Museum of History
Hugo the Hornet (left) and Terri L. White, Charlotte Museum of History president and CEO, announcing the “Hive at 35” exhibit. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Museum of History
The Charlotte Hornets 35th anniversary logo. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets 35th anniversary logo. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Hornets
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