It is that time of the year again. The days are getting shorter, the air is getting chillier, and the football and baseball seasons are almost over. Now that the summer vacations are coming to an end, people are looking for ways to make the most of their free time. The outdoor sports world is coming to an end, so many people are looking to get involved in their indoor sports world. Since we’re not exactly experts in all the sports out there, we thought it would be a good idea to get an expert’s opinion on the opening hours for the various sporting goods stores.
When Will The Stadium Shop, Charlotte Motor Speedway, And The Other Major League Baseball Parks Open?
The opening hours for the three major sports centers – the North Carolina – South Carolina – and Virginia – stadiums are usually the same. They are generally open on Sundays during the baseball season, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer. The only exceptions are where there is major league or college football on Saturday, in which case the stores are closed on Monday and Wednesday. There are also various minor league baseball parks which have different opening hours, depending on the location. Most of these are only open in the summer, and close in the winter. This is so people can have some peace and quiet whilst the parks are not in use.
As the summer vacations are coming to an end and the kids are getting back to school, it is that time of the year when people want to be sure that they can get all the gear they need to be relaxed and comfortable whilst still having some sports activities. For those that love watching football, it is also time for the annual fall football equipment shopping frenzy.
What Are The Main Differentiations Between Them?
The main differentiations between the three major sports centers are in the size of the stadiums, the seating capacity, the lighting, and the climate. The two Major League Baseball stadiums are much more modern and spacious than the Football – Carolina – and the Virginia – stadiums. The average capacity of the Baseball – North Carolina – South Carolina – is 40,944, compared to the average capacity of 28,125 for the other two.
The third differentiator is the lighting. The Football – North Carolina – and the Virginia – stadiums are both equipped with high intensity discharge (HID) lights, while the Baseball – South Carolina – stadium is lit using a combination of HID and floodlights. This usually means that the Baseball – South Carolina – stadium is darker at night than the other two. People who go there often comment that the atmosphere is more relaxed and less tense than at other stadiums. This is probably because fewer people are there during the week and there is not as much competition as there is in other parts of the country. There is also the climate. The stadium in South Carolina is often compared to that of a small town in North Carolina. It gets noticeably cooler and crisper there. People who live in North Carolina have a saying: it’s like living in the South, but without the heat! These are all considerations when choosing where to go for a game.
How Do The Stadiums And Other Athletic Areas Fare On Air Travel?
The main airport for the three major sports centers is – you guessed it – Charlotte – North Carolina – Mecklenburg County. This is also the hub for Delta Airlines, who have the largest number of flights to and from the area. Interestingly, this is also the airport that handles the most international flights within the United States. American Airlines also has a large number of flights to and from the area. People can get to the area relatively easily via car or bus, as there are several airports within a short drive.
If you need to fly to one of the other major sports centers, you are usually better off taking the bus, as the drive is usually shorter. The closest airport is Harrisburg – Pennsylvania – just a short 75-mile drive from downtown Charlotte. The drive is relatively uneventful, but you still need to be careful when going through the North Carolina – South Carolina – Virginia – border regions, as the roads there are usually not well-maintained and the speed limits can be very high. If you do drive, the best time is usually in the morning or at night, as the traffic lights are usually green for those traveling in the same direction as the vehicles traveling ahead of you. This is also when the temperatures are the coolest in case you are sitting in the sun during the day. The worst time is usually in the afternoon, as the temperatures have reached the mid-90s and there is nobody around who wants to get into a car and drive anywhere near noon, especially when it’s hot outside.
When Are The Charlotte Bobcats Games?
The Charlotte Bobcats play the majority of their home games at the recently renovated Time Warner Cable Arena, located in – you guessed it – Charlotte, North Carolina. They also have a few home games played at the newly renovated Spectrum Center. The seating capacity of the arena is 18,500. The team has not yet announced any major renovations for the Spectrum Center, but it is understood that it needs a complete overhaul to remain competitive.
The Charlotte Hornets also play their home games at the Spectrum Center, though their capacity is only about a tenth of that of the Bobcats. They also play some home games at the North Carolina – South Carolina – border region, which is not really in their home state of North Carolina, and therefore not covered by its official jurisdiction. Their capacity at the time of writing is about 10,000. This is one venue that sports fans have to check out if they are in the area, as it has a unique atmosphere that cannot be found at any other stadium. The lighting there is also something special, as it allows the games to be seen clearly by everyone.
The arena is in the +1700 block of Coliseum Street, and the Spectrum Center is in the +1800 block of Spectrum Street. These are both in the southside region of Charlotte, which is known as – once again – the South Charlotte Area. The Bobcats are not in the same region, as they are in the northern part of the city. If you are looking for an – ahem – early morning workout, the arena is the perfect spot, as it is open until 10 p.m. and offers a 25,000-square-foot weight room, as well as an ExpressFit multi-sports complex that is open 24 hours a day during the week. The North Carolina Aquarium is also nearby, as well as the Victoria Sanford International Polo Grounds, which is where the San Francisco 49ers hold their home games.
Opening Hours For The Other Major League Baseball Parks
The following are the opening hours for the other nine major league baseball parks, as well as the associated minor league complexes:
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- St. Louis
- Tampa Bay
You can see that most of these parks are only open in the summer months. The Washington – Nationals Park is the only one open year-round, as it is in D.C. Most of these parks are not that far from each other. People can get to more than half of them in less than two hours. Tampa Bay is the exception, as it is situated on an island, with – you guessed it – the exception being the – Sunshine State – Sun Life Stadium. This is also the home of the Miami Dolphins and the Florida Marlins. There is also the Miami International Airport, which is near the stadium, and has direct connections to the major cities in Florida and other parts of the country. It sees a large number of international flights, so if you are visiting the area, it is best to use the airport rather than the roadway to get around. Just remember that the bridge between Miami and Palm Beach is not suitable for large vehicles.