Hornets To Launch 2019-20 Season With Tipoff Tour Presented By Sprite

Hornets Players To Make Appearances Throughout Charlotte On Monday, October 21
by Quinton Wash

October 20, 2019 – The Charlotte Hornets will celebrate the opening of the 2019-20 NBA season with the annual Hornets Tipoff Tour, presented by Sprite. Hornets players, Hugo and the Honey Bees will swarm various areas of the Charlotte community on Monday, October 21, to mark the start of the regular season. The Hornets begin the 2019-20 campaign on Wednesday, October 23, when they host the Chicago Bulls at 7 p.m. at Spectrum Center.

“The Tipoff Tour is an excellent way for our players to get out into the community and interact with our fans,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield. “It’s important for us to show our appreciation for our fans and thank them for their continued support as we prepare for another season.”

The day’s festivities begin at Chick-fil-A at 3015 South Boulevard, where Hornets players will serve customers and interact with employees and guest from 2-3 p.m. From 3-4 p.m., a group of players will be at Domino’s on Sunset Road undertaking similar activities. From 4-5 p.m., players will make ice cream sundaes and Coke floats for children and their families at Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital. The day’s final stop will be at the Food Lion on Park Road from 5-6 p.m., where players will help bag customers’ groceries and assist Food Lion team members in various departments, such as stocking produce and decorating cakes. Hugo and the Honey Bees will be on hand at various stops as well.

“The Tipoff Tour is all about connecting with the incredible fans of Buzz City,” said Coca-Cola Consolidated Senior Director of Brand Marketing Heather Hucks. “Sprite is always a fan favorite. We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of this event, and we are excited to help energize Hornets fans for a great season.”


2-3 p.m.
Nicolas Batum, Bismack Biyombo, Terry Rozier, Marvin Williams

3015 South Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28209

3-4 p.m.
Dwayne Bacon, Willy Hernangomez, Malik Monk

Domino’s Pizza
4510-A Sunset Road
Charlotte, NC 28216

4-5 p.m.
Miles Bridges, Devonte’ Graham, Cody Zeller

Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital
200 Hawthorne Lane
Charlotte, NC 28204

Media members wishing to attend the portion at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital are asked to please call the Novant Health media cell at 704-617-2631 for directions or parking instructions.

5-6 p.m.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, PJ Washington

Food Lion
2226 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28203


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