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HORNETS OWNER SHINN INVESTIGATING AN UPTOWN ARENA AND NHL?
Published June 5, 1995
Hornets Owner George Shinn is investigating the possible construction of an uptown arena, according to the CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL. Eric Spanberg reports that sports marketer Max Muhleman is consulting with Shinn "about a building to play in for a long-term basis." Shinn and Muhleman recently attended a playoff game in Chicago to observe the new United Center, which has the type of "revenue-generating amenities" the Hornets want. Spanberg notes Muhleman said the best way to make the new arena work is to add an NHL franchise, even though Charlotte may still "be a few years off." Muhleman: "The best combination for a building like the ones in Detroit and Chicago is to have two franchises. That way you have the strong appeal of selling luxury suites and premium club seats as a package" (Erik Spanberg, CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 5/29-6/2 issue).