You know reading twitter tonight and talking to people over the past few months. One thing I hear over and over is "Going to Hornets games was my childhood". You don't really hear that from Panthers fans. Most Panthers fans in their 20s don't reminisce about the live game day experience.
I put this one two things. Number 1, the Hornets put on a great show in the 80s and 90s. It was fun no matter the result.
Number 2, and this is BIG. Our parents could afford to take us to Hornets games. We lived in those 8 dollar nosebleeds. Kids would go to school and brag about getting to see the Hornets and the question everyone wanted answered: "Was Super Hugo there?".
Our parents didn't need to put a ten grand down payment on PSLs to get in the building. Or drop 50 per seat in the upper deck. The Coliseum held 24 thousand people and David Stern said today "we didn't think you could fill it" about the Charlotte market. Those cheap seats in the rafters was the only reason I got to go to games. We sold out every year for 9 seasons!