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The arena is nice enough, what I am cheering is the banishment of the surface parking lots! Infill, yay!

Anyone have up to date plans or renderings of the childrens museum next door? In fact, anyone know what the premise of that thing will be? I kind of thought that was the plan of discovery place, to be a children's learning museum... which is need of dire update as well.

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Here are some pics of the model the Architects will use to construct the new Arena in Charlotte.

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View of the Trade St entrance with the Light Rail stop in the foreground.

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5th St view, you can see the Practice Court is the box that juts out near the Brevard St intersection.

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Trade St view...there will be street level retail on this side.

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A look inside.

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This shows how close to the skyscrapers the new Arena will be.

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Nice looking building and great renderings. The one showing some nearby hirises is interesting. Is that area the main hirise district in Charlotte?

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Well here is a webcam that shows current construction.

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You'll have to go to the NBA Bobcats website were there is real time video. I just took a screen shot from that video.

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Interior shot of the Trade St Entrance...quite dramatic:

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Interior shot of the main concourse, same level as the rail line.

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Style, do you have anymore recent photos....a lot has happened since you last posted.

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I strolled downtown this past Sunday and managed to snap up a couple of shots of the construction of the arena:

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Children's Learning Center (right)

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What's going in place of the old convention center:

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Nice. I'm glad Charlotte's arena hasn't copied the like of the Staples Center or other ones that have massive lux boxes.

How many people does it seat? I understand that newer arenas are being built smaller (with more lux boxes) than they were in the early 1990s. I mean the Rose Garden in Portland and the Delta Center in Salt Lake City seat about 20,000 people.

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They should convert the Charlotte Coliseum into some major sports olympic facility since they are trying to bring olympic sports to Charlotte with the water park. Its just such a waste to demolish an arena so new.

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