Charlotte City Council’s economic development committee spent nearly three hours yesterday sifting through details of a $275 million proposal to renovate Spectrum Center and build a separate practice center for the NBA Charlotte Hornets.

Dan Barrett of consulting firm CAA ICON, which represented the Hornets in the arena negotiations, was at the Government Center yesterday. Barrett told council it’s likely existing sponsors of the Hornets and arena will be interested in new sponsorship opportunities around the building.

Barrett, the team consultant, and the city’s arena consultants, David Abrams (Inner Circle Sports) and Steve Patterson (Pro Sports Consultants), all emphasized the need to upgrade the arena to keep pace with neighboring cities and buildings competing for the same concerts and other events that generate revenue and visitor spending. Abrams and Patterson, like Barrett, came to Charlotte to appear before council yesterday.

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