People can gripe about the success of the team but the Hornets are and will remain a popular draw for the area and newer generations of fans are embracing them. The franchise occupies a space that was much cheaper to build yet it still looks great and functions fine. With the Panthers the question is how relevant is the franchise nationally or furthermore internationally for a fresh cost of a billion plus dollars? They have only just become more prominent in the immediate area the last ten years and now they are back to square one. They can only hold so many events and that new car smell won't last forever.