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March 05, 2024

Welcome to Super Tuesday. It's Ashley.

⛅️ Weather: High 73Β°.

🎈 Happy birthday to Axios Charlotte members Sandy Dupuy, Janet Malkemes, Sean Bressler and Jessica Bronzert.

πŸ—³ Situational awareness: It's primary election day. Your ballot will include party nominees for president, North Carolina governor and other state officials, plus Mecklenburg County commissioners.

  • Check out what else you're voting for in our guide.
  • Polls are open 6:30am-7:30pm. Find your polling place here.

Today's Smart Brevityβ„’ count is 649 words β€” a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: ⛳️ Wells Fargo's last hurrah

Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

March means PGA Tour golf is around the corner in Charlotte.

Why it matters: Thousands of people flock to Quail Hollow Club in south Charlotte in early May for the Wells Fargo Championship. It's the place to see and be seen, attracting golf fans, celebrities and casual fans alike.

  • The tournament is a major boost for the city, with an estimated economic impact of $75 million annually, per tournament organizers.

Catch up quick: This is the final year it will be called the Wells Fargo Championship. Wells Fargo announced last December it would not continue its title sponsorship of the annual golf event.

If you go: The Wells Fargo Championship runs May 6-12 at Quail Hollow Club in south Charlotte. There are plenty of changes to look out for.

  • Golf fans will notice an additional 30 yards to the length of the 16th hole. You'll also see a nearly 2,000-square-foot video board.

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2. πŸ€ Developing a district

The proposed site for the Charlotte Hornets' new practice facility. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

City leaders discussed new plans for a standalone Charlotte Hornets practice center on Monday.

Why it matters: Charlotte officials envision ultimately creating a thriving district along Trade Street, including the arena, a new transit center and new practice facility.

Zoom in: Future development could include a hotel or "something that activates Trade Street," assistant city manager Tracy Dodson said.

  • The Hornets would have a five-year option to develop the full lot, or it would revert back to the city, Dodson said.
  • The team would own the proposed new practice facility, which would be larger since it uses 60% of the lot rather than 50%. It will replace the current practice facility at Spectrum Center that faces 5th Street.

By the numbers: The Hornets' new ownership group is looking to invest $70 million to $100 million in the new practice facility.

What they're saying: Councilmember Malcolm Graham said he is "skeptical" of the district idea.

What's next: A vote on the plan is expected as early as March 25.

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πŸ’Ό See which top Charlotte companies are hiring.

  1. Registered Nurse, RN - Emergency Department at Matthews Medical Center at Novant Health.
  2. Property Manager at Yancey Realty.
  3. Project Architect at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting.
  4. Standardized Patient (Part-time) at National Board of Examiners in Optometry.

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3. 🎀 "Girls, they wanna have fun"

Nicki Minaj is one of several artists performing in Charlotte this month. Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Live Nation

Charlotte's concert lineup is stacked this month. Axios Charlotte contributor Danny Gassaway has you covered with the hottest ones to check out, including:

🎸 Bob Dylan at Belk Theater on March 17 at 8pm. Tickets start at $59.50.

πŸŽ€ Nicki Minaj at Spectrum Center on March 26 at 8pm. Tickets start at $79.50.

Fun fact: Nicki Minaj's latest release, "Pink Friday 2," made her the first female rapper to have three No. 1 albums.

Full concert guide

4. πŸ‰ Rugby's arrival and other speed reads

2,307 fans gathered at American Legion Memorial Stadium to watch Anthem Rugby Carolina, Charlotte's new pro rugby team. Photo: Courtesy of Anthem Rugby Carolina

πŸ‰ Anthem Rugby Carolina lost its inaugural match 44-13 to the New England Free Jacks over the weekend. (Axios)

🏈 The Carolina Panthers signed a multiyear partnership with FanDuel. (CBJ πŸ”’)

🏠 North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is suing a Charlotte contracting company and its owners for "deceiving Charlotte homeowners." (WBTV)

✈️ Frontier Airlines is discontinuing its nonstop flights between Charlotte and Las Vegas. (The Points Guy)

5. πŸ– Let's go to the beach

Bracket: Axios Visuals

We're down to the Final Four of Axios' North Carolina beach bracket.

The intrigue: The four remaining beaches span nearly the entirety of the state's 300-mile coastline, from the Outer Banks to its central beaches and then onto its southeastern beach communities.

Vote below by 5pm to help determine the final matchup.

Cast your vote

6. 🦦 Asta's Sweet 16

Asta has been at the aquarium since February 2020. She keeps an eye on her son, Ray, and likes to juggle pebbles, according to the aquarium. Photo: Courtesy of the North Carolina Aquarium

Asta, an otter who calls the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher home, is celebrating her Sweet 16 today.

Why it matters: She's a fighter, overcoming health concerns that come with age, including dental surgery. Asian small-clawed otters like Asta live up to 12 years with professional care, per the aquarium. Some make it past 20 years.

What's next: Birthday treats will include a cake, new shells and rocks, plus her favorite treats, the aquarium's lead otter keeper Shannon Anderson said in an aquarium Q&A.

My thought bubble: Hopefully this picture of Asta makes you smile, too.

🎧 Jamming out to "The Night is Still Young" by Niki Minaj and reading up on the governor's race courtesy of our Axios Raleigh colleagues.

Thanks Katie Peralta Soloff for editing and to Lucia Maher for copy editing this newsletter.