Hugo the Hornet is officially back in the Queen City.
The Charlotte Hornets on Thursday reintroduced the teal bug mascot at an event at Time Warner Cable Arena. The mascot stood on the roof of the arena and waved a “Buzz City” flag.
It’s been more than a decade since Hugo T. Hornet was the face of Charlotte’s NBA franchise. But last year, the then-Charlotte Bobcats announced that Hugo would return once the team took on the Hornets name. The bug also was part of a video the team made last year unveiling the new Hornets logo.
A bio posted on the Hornets website describes Hugo as a 6-foot-five wingman, whose favorite song is “I Believe I can Fly” and who doesn’t like fly swatters. His age? “None of your beeswax,” the bug says.
The team has scheduled several appearances Thursday to let folks see Hugo. Among the public appearances: a #HugosHome tweet-up from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at the corner of Trade and Tryon streets in uptown. The mascot also will appear during the Hornets’ open house, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Time Warner Cable arena.