CHARLOTTE, NC (HORNETS) — The Charlotte Hornets open their 2015-16 regular season with three straight contests vs. Southeast Division opponents, starting with the season opener at the Miami Heat on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Charlotte then faces the Atlanta Hawks in a home-and-home series, first in Atlanta on Friday, Oct. 30, before hosting the Hawks in the team’s Home Opener at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. This marks the first time since the 2005-06 campaign that Charlotte has opened its season with two straight road games.
The Hornets will open the season with six of the team’s first nine games on the road before returning home to play 10 of their next 12 games, including a season-high seven-game homestand from Nov. 18 – Dec. 2. The 82-game slate features 18 weekend home dates, including seven Fridays, eight Saturdays and three Sundays. The Hornets will appear on ESPN on April 13 vs. Orlando and have five games scheduled to air on NBATV.
The home portion of the Hornets schedule includes lone visits to Charlotte from the following opponents: Reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry and the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Dec. 2; Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers on Monday, Dec. 28; Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the L.A. Clippers on Wednesday, Dec. 30; and Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, Jan. 2.
Among those opponents visiting Charlotte multiple times this season include: LeBron James and the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, Nov. 27 and Wednesday, Feb. 3; Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Feb. 5; Carmelo Anthony and the N.Y. Knicks on Wednesday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 23; and Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, Nov. 3 and Monday, Feb. 8.
The Hornets have been active this offseason, making several additions to the team’s roster. The Hornets new-look roster features seven players that were not with the team last season. The team completed trades to acquire veterans Nicolas Batum, Spencer Hawes and Jeremy Lamb; signed free agents Tyler Hansbrough, Aaron Harrison and Jeremy Lin; and drafted Frank Kaminsky.
The complete Hornets local television schedule will be released at a later date. All 82 regular-season games will be broadcast on the Hornets flagship radio station, WFNZ (610AM), beginning with the pregame show starting 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The radio broadcast can also be heard live via the Hornets App.
Currently, the only way to guarantee the best seats for the Hornets matchups against some of the NBA’s top teams and biggest stars such as Cleveland and Lebron James, Golden State and Stephen Curry, L.A. Clippers and Blake Griffin and Chris Paul and the L.A. Lakers and Kobe Bryant is with a full season or half season ticket plan.
Hornets Swarm365 memberships, which include all 41 regular-season games and two home preseason contests, are currently available. Some of the Swarm365 membership benefits include: the lowest guaranteed pricing, interest-free payment options, 10% discount on food and beverage at Time Warner Cable Arena, ability to redeem unused tickets to select future games and an exclusive year-round program that connects ticket members outside of the game of basketball. Swarm365 memberships start as low as $39 per seat per game in the lower level and $10 per seat per game in the upper level. The Hornets Half Season Pick Plan, which includes Home Opener and your choice of 22 games, is currently available starting at $299 per plan. Swarm365 memberships or the Half Season Pick Plan are available online at hornets.com or by calling 704-HORNETS (704-467-6387). Single-game tickets will go on sale at a later date.
Hornets Sports & Entertainment owns the Charlotte Hornets and operates Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena. The Charlotte Hornets are a member of the NBA’s Southeast Division. Owned by NBA Legend Michael Jordan, the Hornets organization strives to deliver a relentless attack on the court, an unmatched experience in the stands and a positive impact throughout the community. The name of the city’s original NBA team from 1988-2002, the Hornets moniker returned to Charlotte in May 2014, uniting the rich history of NBA basketball in the Carolinas. Time Warner Cable Arena is the premier destination for sports and entertainment in the Carolinas, hosting over 150 sporting events, concerts and family shows annually. For more information, please visit hornets.com or timewarnercablearena.com.