Posted on 14 Apr 2009 by Melissa Fortune
Like chicken ‘n biscuits, so goes the partnership between Charlotte classics like Bojangles and the original Charlotte Coliseum. In November of ’08 Bojangles received unanimous approval for naming rights of the celebrated stadium.
The newly titled Bojangles Coliseum is owned by the City of Charlotte and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. Originally opening its doors in 1955, the coliseum was, at the time, the world’s largest unsupported steel dome arena.
Bojangles opened its first restaurant in South End in 1977. Both historic companies influence on Charlotte culture and community was evident by those in attendance at the naming rights reception on April 2.
While I was waxing nostalgic about my 1st concert at the coliseum, CMS’s Vicki Hamilton shared her experience attending an Elvis concert there. Mike Crum, COO, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, also had a few words to say.
“Bojangles Coliseum has always had an old-time atmosphere and tradition that appeals to us all, and we are thrilled that we’ve been able to put these two hometown favorites together.”
The vintage sports and entertainment venue will host notable concerts this year including Fall Out Boy, 3 Doors Down, and John Anderson. Carolina Speed also calls Bojangles Coliseum their home, and the Monster Truck Winter Nationals and TNA Wrestling Show will be rolling through as well. Visit the Bojangles Coliseum website for event schedules.
More pictures from the naming ceremony below.
photos: Melissa Fortune; view these photos on Flickr