March 5, 2013
Bobcats Sports & Entertainment (BSE) celebrated a major milestone at Time Warner Cable Arena tonight when Brandon Bolin became the 10 millionth guest to attend an event at the eight-year-old Uptown Charlotte facility prior to the Bon Jovi concert.
“This is just surreal,” Bolin said. “When everyone came out, with the music and the noise, it was just surreal.”
Bolin was randomly selected as he and his wife, Alicia, entered the Trade Street entrance and was surprised by a full confetti burst, music and a celebration troop consisting of Bobcats entertainment teams, celebrity impersonators, local team mascots and BSE executives. Bolin was presented with an oversized ticket commemorating the night and informed that as the 10 millionth guest, he will receive two tickets to every public event held at the arena for one year, including Bobcats and Charlotte Checkers season tickets for the remainder of this season and all of next season. As an added bonus, the Bolins were upgraded to stagefront VIP seating for tonight’s concert.
“Our goal is to make Time Warner Cable Arena the premier destination for sports and entertainment in the Carolinas,” said BSE President & COO Fred Whitfield. “We do that by attracting world class performers to this world class facility and showcasing uptown Charlotte as one of the region’s most vibrant and energetic destinations.”
Whitfield added that BSE and Time Warner Cable Arena will continue its strong partnership with arena and booking agents AEG, Live Nation and Feld Entertainment, which represents Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus, Disney Live, Disney On Ice and other family specific shows.
The 10 million guests are based on all events, concerts, and shows held at Time Warner Cable Arena. Since opening its doors on Oct. 21, 2005, the arena has played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Beyonce, U2, Justin Bieber, Elton John and Coldplay. In September 2012, the Democratic National Convention called Time Warner Cable Arena home. College basketball has also become a staple at the arena, with the CIAA, Southern Conference, ACC and NCAA bringing their tournaments to Charlotte, along with a throng of local and regional regular-season games.