As i've stated before, i'm from Columbia, South Carolina. And, in comparison to Charlotte, it kind of sucks. Growing up a Charlotte Hornets fan, i was able to go to quite a few games, and i fell in love with the team.
When they moved and the Bobcats came along, i instantly became a fan to fill the void the Hornets left. And i've upheld my fanship through thick and thin, and i will continue to do so until something so drastic causes me to change it up.
My reason for this post though, is to ask a question to any of you that live in Charlotte or in North Carolina in general.
How does the city and surrounding areas feel about the team?
It's interesting to me because the only time i'm able to go to Charlotte is for some of the games, so i see a decent amount of fans and people who are willing to support the Bobcats. Thats a drastic difference in how it's like here in Columbia, where i seriously may be the only person to care about the team. I was just wondering what the norm was for Charlotte i guess.
From everything i've seen, (being 2 home games and the open practice) the team is committed to focusing on the city. They've drastically increased the usage of their "crown C" logo, which is a pretty cool looking C, and they are also using a lot of Charlotte imagery in their pre-game videos and such. Which is also pretty cool.
But is the city receptive to the efforts MJ has been making to connect with the city? The rebranding effort also seems to be Charlotte-focused, as you can see the increase in blue, drop in orange, and eradication of the word "Bob".
So tell me, do real Charlotteans or North Carolinians (my spelling is probably off on that) actually cheer for the team? When i go to the games, are these fans that just appear for the evening, or do they go around the city as a secret cult of some sort? Or does the city completely hate the team and everything it stands for?