If there's one sport that catches people's eye at the Winter Olympics, it's curling. Whether it's curiosity in trying to understand the rules, wondering how it's a "sport" anyway, or genuine interest, it's definitely intriguing. Soon, we'll have a chance to take in the action here in Charlotte.
A new curling center is set to open on Old Statesville Road just north of Sunset Road. Construction is slated to start this month. The building will house four curling sheets, plus a kitchen, locker rooms, and an area for spectators. The center would be one of the world's southernmost dedicated curling facilities.
Want to check out the Charlotte Knights' brand new home at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte? Single game tickets for the 2014 season go on sale this Saturday. Tickets will be available at the box office at 9 a.m. and online at noon.
Here's a breakdown of pricing for the new park:
Field Box Seats: $18
Right Field Home Run Seats: $16
Carolinas HealthCare Home Run Porch: $12
Left Field Power Alley Seats: $10
Standing Room Only: $8 (Available only after reserved areas sell out)
Economic conditions are on the rise, but there are still plenty of people struggling in North Carolina. Because of that, more and more people people are applying for benefits in this state. A lot of times, people aren't quite sure how to start that process. Here are some guides to getting started for applying for food stamp benefits in this state, as well as food stamp benefits.
This weekend marks the first weekend in March, so that means free museums for Bank of America customers. Five area museums participate in the "Museums on Us" program, including:
- Mint Museum Uptown
- Mint Museum Randolph
- Levine Museum of the New South
- Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
- Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Check out the complete list of participating museums for more details. You must be a Bank of America cardholder to participate in this program.
In May of 2013, a viral video hit the web featuring NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon test driving a vehicle at a Charlotte auto dealership. Gordon, wearing a disguise, takes the car salesman for a ride fit for an action movie as the salesman freaks out appropriately. The ad was presented as being real, but it turns out the whole thing was fake - down to actors and stuntmen. Click here for the breakdown of that commercial.
Today, the second edition of the Jeff Gordon "test drive" commercial hit the web. It can be viewed on YouTube here. Like the first one, this one too was filmed in Charlotte. In this version, Gordon is in disguise as a cab driver. He picks up the unsuspecting blogger (who was likely the loudest critic of the first video) towards what the blogger thinks is a test drive for a new vehicle.
February 27 is national strawberry day. Did you know that along with the blueberry, the strawberry is the official state berry of North Carolina? Over 1,700 acres of strawberries are harvested annually in North Carolina, which comes out to about 23,000,000 pounds, which equals about $17.3 million!
If you're looking to get the freshest strawberries possible, there are over 200 "pick your own" strawberry farms across the state of North Carolina. Click here to take a look at some of the best and find one closest to you.
The annual CIAA tournament kicked off in Charlotte on Tuesday, and with it comes a week long celebration with parties, music, and of course, basketball. Click here for a schedule of the 2014 CIAA tournament. A highlight of the week for many people isn't the basketball, but the celebrations that go along with tournament week. Check out a list of the official CIAA parties and events here. If you're just curious what the CIAA is, and what schools are involved, here's that information too: Schools in the CIAA conference
Sea Life Charlotte is your newest chance to get up close with the animal kingdom in Charlotte. And this time, it's an amazing underwater world that's waiting to be explored. You'll get astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish to graceful rays and tropical sharks. With over 20 display tanks and more than 5,000 sea creatures, there's plenty to see here! "Early bird" tickets purchased before Feb. 20 are only $16. There's an annual pass available as well.
The aquarium is set to open this Thursday, Feb. 20.
The newest season of American Idol is gearing up, and there are a couple of North Carolina natives in the mix this time. As the newest crop of contestants battle it out, it's time to take a look at the other Tar Heel State competitors - from Clay Aiken to Scotty McCreery.
Local meteorologists aside, what's the best way to predict the weather? For one day each year, we put aside Doppler radar and five day forecasts and turn to Marmota monax - the common groundhog. Charlotte's official Groundhog Day celebration is held annually at the Charlotte Nature Museum. Things kick off this year at noon and events continue throughout the day until 3 p.m. Charlotte's resident groundhog is appropriately named Queen Charlotte even though he's a male (although I'm personally a little partial to Raleigh's groundhog - Sir Walter Wally). Queen Charlotte is expected to emerge at about 1:30 p.m. All activities are free with museum admission, which is $6 for adults.