The Charlotte Bobcats are on the lower rung of the NBA standings so far this year but even their poor play can’t be totally blamed for the strange scene last night at their game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies played in Charlotte.
Less than 1,000 fans showed up for the battle and there were two prime factors other than the pretty uninteresting match-up that attributed to the lack of a crowd. The Charlotte area has been reeling from a major snow and then ice storm and the National Championship game in college football was being played. This devastating combination kept most of the 10,000 people who had purchased a ticket for the game safe and warm at home.
Players had to be warned about their language because you could hear a pin drop in addition to each and every dribble reverberate off of the walls of a stadium that can hold up to 20,000 plus fans. Needles to say it was a strange scene for the players and coaches.
Thanks to YouTuber thesmith7 we have an excellent unfiltered video of what all that emptiness must have felt like. In the following uploaded clip from an Android you get the home team announcement of a win followed by awkward silence while you view thousands and thousands of empty seats:
I wonder if the principal owner of the Bobcats, some guy by the name of Michael Jordan, was one of the very few people in attendance? Thanks to thesmith7 for his fandom and his appreciation for a great YouTube clip.
Oh yeah, the Bobcats beat the snot out of the Grizzlies.