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Why buying a seat from Bojangles Coliseum is retro cool

Wonder why you’d ever want a stadium seat from that throwback, Bojangles Coliseum? You need to appreciate some of the history behind it.

A number of the 10,000 seats may be available for sale in the near future  as the arena undergoes $16 million in renovations, which include wider plastic seats. Sign up for informational updates on the seats from the Charlotte Checkers here.

It’s time for the place to get a facelift, but before we rip and recycle, let’s pay homage to 60 years of fascinating history that spanned everything from graduations to major concerts to pro wrestling.

A wonder of Charlotte: When it opened in 1955 as the Charlotte Coliseum, the site was the largest unsupported steel dome in the world.

Bojangles Arena for City Budget story. Robert Lahser - Charlotte Observer file photo
Girls throwing underwear: This was THE place to catch a live concert. Performers included Elvis, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, James Brown, Liza Minnelli, Bob Dylan, Evil Knievel, Alice Cooper, John Denver, Tom Jones, the Jackson 5, Curtis Mayfield, Lawrence Welk and Billy Graham.
Elvis Presley in army attire. FILE 1976 FILE

Just a few years ago, I caught the Avett Brothers there at a sold-out performance. Old-school awesomeness.

Classic Charlotte sports town: Charlotte was once the world headquarters for professional wrestling. Yes, the showboat, ego-fueled sport that made Ric Flair (Woooooo!!!) famous. WBTV used to air the matches. Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the coliseum to watch the mayhem. It was big time through the ’80s.


The coliseum held Charlotte’s first professional hockey game, in 1956. It’s exactly right that the Checkers will relocate there when it reopens.

What’s in a name?: Over the years, its name has gone from Charlotte Coliseum to Independence Arena, Cricket Arena and now Bojangles’ Coliseum.