I walked to the tip of one of the parking lots, the center of the pie, and found
Curiosity and insomnia got me thinking about the parking lots with their large field, wondering what had been there. Using the magic of Google Maps, I discovered it was the site of the infamous Charlotte Coliseum: a large facility built by the City of Charlotte in the late eighties to entice a pro basketball team, the Charlotte Hornets. The coliseum was a money-maker for several years largely due to the success of the basketball team occupying it. The building quickly turned into a boondoggle when the team's fortunes turned sour. It was too big (the largest NBA venue of its type), very noisy and didn't have many of the amenities affluent fans wanted. The basketball team abandoned Charlotte for New Orleans and use of the Charlotte Coliseum became sporadic. The coliseum fell into disuse, was closed in 2005 and after less than twenty years, was imploded in 2007. The lots and the field are all that remain.