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In addition to serving as the home base for several teams the city plays host to many events of national and international importance including the longest race in NASCAR, the annual Coca-Cola 600 and golf's Wells Fargo Championship.took part in the North Carolina Association before reverting to the Hornets name and bouncing around a number of leagues until 1972.In 2013, eleven years after the Hornets left the city, the Bobcats, now playing at the Spectrum Center, announced the team would assume the city's beloved nickname following the rebranding of the New Orleans team as the Pelicans.

The Richardson-lead group staged several NFL exhibitions around the Carolinas and in 1991 formally filed an expansion bid which was unanimously approved by the NFL's 28 owners making the Carolina Panthers the 29th NFL franchise.

Both Eagles teams have won a number of championships at the lower-levels of American soccer.

In 1981 Charlotte's American Soccer League team, the Carolina Lightnin', won the league championship before a sold-out Memorial Stadium when they defeated New York United 2–1.

It would be 17-years before the sport would return to the city at the professional level with the formation of an ECHL team named in honor of the original Charlotte hockey team.

The second version of the Checkers would take up residence at the original Coliseum (then known as Independence Arena) and would quickly become a success by winning the Kelly Cup in 1996. In 2010 the Checkers would move to the American Hockey League and become the top affiliate of Raleigh's National Hockey League team, the Carolina Hurricanes. Throughout the years Charlotte has been home to a number of soccer teams, and is currently home of the Charlotte Eagles of the Premier Development League, their sister team, the Charlotte Lady Eagles of the USL W-League, and the Charlotte Independence of the United Soccer League.

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