The Charlotte Hornets announced on Monday that the team will hold training camp and host the Boston Celtics in a preseason home game at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.
Former Tar Heel guard Michael Jordan owns the Hornets, and Carolina alum Marvin Williams is a member of the Charlotte roster. Carolina’s Mitch Kupchak is the new Hornets general manager, and Jackson Simmons is the team’s assistant video coordinator.
The Hornets will conduct training camp from Tuesday, September 25, through Thursday, September 27, before taking on the Celtics on Friday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. The contest will mark the first time Charlotte’s NBA franchise has hosted a preseason game in the Triangle since playing at Raleigh’s PNC Arena in 2012 and the first time playing at the Smith Center since 2006.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 19, and can be purchased online through the UNC ticket office at GoHeels.com or by calling 919-962-2296. Tickets also are available online at hornets.com or on the Hornets app. Prices start at $17.50 plus applicable fees. Tickets for groups of 15 or more are available by calling the Hornets group sales department at 704-688-9047.
“We are excited to bring Hornets basketball back to the Smith Center for the first time in more than a decade,” said Hornets President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield. “We look forward to opening the preseason portion of our 30th Anniversary season with the great basketball fans in the Triangle.”
Charlotte’s previous preseason games at the Smith Center include 1988, 1990, 1999 and a pair of contests in 2006.