In sports, a uniform can say a lot about a team, it’s history, and it’s connection to a hometown, such as the “Blue Star” of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, the black pinstripes of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, as well as many of the teams in the NBA, whose uniforms say a lot about their history, including the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and the Chicago Bulls, but there’s one team in the NBA that has a uniform that has a unique story about its history, and connection to a city than that of the Charlotte Hornets.The reason why is that when the team first came into existence back in 1988, they would have the unique distinction of having a famed clothing designer, North Carolina native Alexander Julian, to design its uniforms, and it’s teal jersey would have a unique distinction for the Hornets, as they would be the first team in the league to wear teal jerseys on the road full time. Fast forward 29 years later to today, as the Hornets and Jordan Brand announced that they would be bringing back the iconic teal uniforms for the 2017-18 season, joining the previously announced “Icon” and “Association” uniforms that the team revealed last month. The uniforms are part of the NBA’s new apparel partnership with Nike, which starts this season, while the Hornets will be the only team in the NBA to wear Jordan Brand uniforms with the iconic “Jumpman” logo on the jerseys.
The teal jerseys will make their debut on November 15th, as the Hornets will take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Nationally-televised game at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN at Spectrum Center, while the team will wear the teal jerseys on two other occasions, December 23rd vs. the Milwaukee Bucks, and January 13th vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to Fred Whitfield, President/COO of Hornets Sports and Entertainment, the team’s iconic design does remind people of Charlotte. “Even when the team was not here, people still related to the authenticity of Charlotte. The Charlotte Hornets product still sold globally even where there wasn’t a team in Charlotte named the Hornets.” quoted Whitfield.
With the fans bringing back a uniform that is iconic, fan interest could go at an all-time high for the Hornets, and it could draw even more fans to come to a game at the Spectrum Center this upcoming season, as the team also announced today that single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season will go on sale on Monday, with limited tickets available for some of the marquee match-ups during the season, as well as an promotional schedule for the season as well, with other themed giveaways to be announced in the upcoming weeks.
When the NBA gave the then-Charlotte Bobcats the green light to change its name back to the Charlotte Hornets 4 years ago back in 2013, many of the fans knew that they wanted to bring back some of the history and tradition of what the original Hornets franchise meant to them here in Charlotte, and with the “Classic” teal uniforms making a return for the 2017-18 campaign, the future is looking even more brighter for the Charlotte Hornets, as they continue to honor the past and build towards an exciting future in Buzz City.
If you are hoping to get your hands on the jerseys, then you will have to wait until mid-November, as the Hornets are expected to have a huge demand for the uniforms, as the team is almost finishing its renovation of Spectrum Center, with the Hornets Fan Shop moving into a new, bigger location in the area that once housed the Box Office when it was first opened in October of 2005, and it is slated to be completed in time for the Hornets Open Practice event on September 30th.
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