Hone your golf-jones
Do you need a few more practice swings or professional tips before you head out to challenge Phil or Rory? Regain control of your game at Leatherman Golf Learning Center. For just $45, you get a punch card for five medium buckets to use at the double-deck driving range. Or, for the one-on-one attention, $90 will snag an hour-long private lesson taught by one of Leatherman's P.G.A. Class A instructors. Opened in 1999, this South Tryon Street complete practice facility (named one of 2011's top 100 golf ranges in America by The Golf Range Association of America) has the challenges you need to improve your game. Don't get engolfed in your past putting woes, grab your clubs and head to South Charlotte for this hole-in-none deal.
Equipment: Bring your own or rent from Leatherman.
Charlotte Bobcats, the NBA is back!!
Charlotte's newest arena was built recently for the Bobcats, the professional basketball team. It's located right in the heart of Uptown as you can see from this picture with the Bank of America Tower in the background. The positioning of the athletic venues in the downtown area along with new upscale condominiums that are springing up are starting to make living in the city a more viable option for many locals.
The team plays in the Southeast Division of the NBA's Eastern Conference and currently has a young team that includes players such as Adam Morrison, Emeka Okafor and Gerald Wallace.
See the website below for a team schedule and ticket information.
The weather is just perfect and the sparkling water and imported beers are flowing on the Golf course. I just spotted Tiger Woods, too bad I am not a fan.
Equipment: Comfortable golfing shoes and dorkie pants! ; )
There are golfing shops everywhere but the Golfcourse where the PGA was held has a memebership fee of 250K a year!!!
I am sticking to my favorite sport, Extreme Drinking! : P
- Luxury Travel
Ericsson Stadium....Home of The Carolina Panthers
There are 73,258 seats in the stadium...and that's a lot of seating capacity.
The stadium and adjacent practice fields are located on 33 acres of land . The stadium site has access to 37,000 existing parking spaces in the uptown area, and there are more than 21,000 hotel rooms in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, including 4,100 hotel rooms in the stadium's immediate vicinity
We had the priveledge of attending a home-game at Ericsson Stadium last year with family and watched the Carolina Panthers at their best
Equipment: Bring your camera!!
- Family Travel
Charlotte is one of the major hubs of Nascar. More of the drivers live in the Charlotte area than anywhere else and Lowe's Motor Speedway (20 minutes from downtown) is one of the largest racetracks in the country. I've been to a couple races and unfortunately it's not the sport for me. To me, it's one long left turn, but some people are addicted to the sport. In fact, on race day there are roughly 200,000 fans packed into Concord where the track is located. Cars and campers surround the track for miles and the one day event usually turns into a three day party.
If you'd like to visit the Speedway on a non-race day, just drive toward the front side where the main gift shop and visitor's center is located. You can go through Gate 5B and get into the grandstands for free!
Charlotte has a plethora of golf courses to choose from. You'll find a listing of public course on the website below.
Fortunately for me, my best friend is a golf pro at a private club, so I get to play for free!
The Charlotte Knights are a triple A rated farm team for the major league team the Cleveland Indians. Knights Stadium is a little ways south of Uptown Charlotte in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Unlike major league baseball and NFL football, the Knights cater more to families than to swells who only care about being seen. The Charlotte Knights are reminiscent of the "Alabama" song called "Cheap Seats". Mark and I thought we would have to be content with a distant shot of the stadium, but we found a back way inn and climbed up a flight of rickety wooden steps underneath the scoreboard and got a choice shot. Was it illegal? Technically yes. However, the worst thing that could have been done was to scurry us off without this closeup photo.
Equipment: Perhaps you might want to bring a good catcher's mit for errant foul balls which make the stands.
Ice Skating Rink @ Eastland Mall
I have never seen an ice skating rink in a mall and would never expect to see one this far south. Eastland Mall, in Charlotte, on a fairly warm (78-degree Fahrenheit, 25 Celsius) spring day, the rink was full.
Equipment: A good pair of ice skates and pride which is not easily wounded.
UNCC Athletic Programmes
UNCC is most known for its basketball team, but there are other sports like track and field, baseball, soccer, and tennis. Even among native Charlotteans, the UNCC basketball team takes a back seat to Duke or the University of North Carolina, depending on whom you talk to.
Ericsson Stadium has been home to the Carolina Panthers (American) football team since 1996. Their first season (in 1995) was played in Clemson, South Carolina. Overall, they are a fair to middling team. They first made the playoffs during the 1996 season. They were bloody awful in 2001, but two years later, they won the NFC championship and were in Super Bowl 38. Most seasons are somewhere in between. The Carolina Panthers is my favourite team in good times and bad, so I'm true (teal) blue to them at all times.
At one time, the Charlotte Hornets basketball team played from here. The Arena Football League team from the area, the Carolina Cobras, play here now since the owners of the Hornets, in a huff, moved the team to New Orleans.
North Carolina is college basketball country. Above all other sports, this area is fanatical about its roundball. The heart of this fanaticism is up the road a few hours in the Research Triangle (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill), but Charlotte also has a good local college team, my alma mater, UNCC. They play their home games at Halton Arena located on campus in north Charlotte.
When referring to the academic institution, it's UNCC, but when referring to the athletic teams, they're referred to as simply, "Charlotte."
Go see the Panthers play
The hometown Carolina Panthers play at the world-class Bank of America Stadium (formerly Ericsson Stadium). This National Football League team made the Super Bowl in 2004, narrowly losing to the New England Patriots 32-29. It was only their second winning season in franchise history, but nevertheless was impressive for such a young team. Personally, I'm a Minnesota Vikings fan. If you've never been to an NFL game, this is a great stadium, although the ownership is way too conservative and the environment is not as good as many other NFL teams' stadiums around the league. Men can't take their shirts off and the insane behavior that you see in Green Bay, Oakland or Kansas City, is not tolerated at the stadium. Unfortunately, it seems like the Panthers organization thinks the NFL stands for "No Fun League."
The Dog House
Before the Panthers games, head on over to The Dog House for one of the better pre-game parties in town. Just walk under the bridge (follow Mint St.) from the stadium and you'll run right into it. WFNZ radio (the market's biggest sports talk station) broadcast here on Sunday mornings and there's live music out back and beer inside.
The Big "I"
Officially named the Cricket Arena, it is located on Independence Avenue. Thus, it is called the Big "I". You may have noticed that many professional sports venues have become opportunities for businessmen to wine, dine and cajole prospective clients with those expensive sky boxes. However, at the Big "I", you will see more families turning out to see the Charlotte Checkers hockey team.
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