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Bobcats officials: Purple and teal returning to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Buzz City is gaining serious traction in Charlotte, Sunday. 

After Bobcats officials announced the team will go back to being called the Hornets starting next season earlier this summer, Sunday, team officials announced the team will go back to their original color scheme as well.

Some of the most recognizable colors in NBA history will make their return next season.

Sunday, Bobcats COO Fred Whitfield made the announcement that the purple and teal colors of the Charlotte Hornets franchise will be back thanks to a little help from fans.

“As we went to our next step to decide which color made the most sense, we went back to our fans again and overwhelmingly, there was a huge response that purple and teal were colors that represent what NBA basketball mean to this community,” said Whitfield.

“I think it’s great. I think it’s part of the root of the city and speaks to the history of it. I think it’ll be a good thing,” said fan Sandra Handy.

“It brings back good memories that’s when we were really having a good time in Charlotte, so it definitely makes me happy to hear that,” said fan Bryan Robinson.

WBTV spoke with fans Sunday evening in uptown who say they’re glad to see the original colors of the Hornets come back.

Some fans say the Bobcats name and team color never really struck their fancy.

“The change never seemed right to me. The name change seemed right. To go back where it was, it’ll seem like they’re coming back home,” said fan Tony Jones.

“If you look around Charlotte, just by baseball caps and paraphernalia, you don’t see a lot of people wearing Bobcats things, but you do still see people wearing a lot of Charlotte Hornets colors, hats and paraphernalia. I just think the city always had that love for the hornets,” said Robinson.

Bobcats officials say the main colors the Hornets sported from 1988 to 2002, will now be accented by secondary colors black, cool gray and light blue.

Fans like Handy just hope the name change and new colors will mean more victories on the court.

“I’d like to see them win. I’d to see a successful team be here,” said Handy.

Starting Monday, the Bobcats organization will introduce a new phase of its Buzz City campaign, centered on “Painting the City” with the return of the purple and teal colors to Charlotte.

The three-week campaign will include digital, print and billboard advertising.

Bobcats officials say the revealing of the colors is the first step in the process of transforming the Bobcats into their new identity as the Hornets.

Additional phases include the unveiling of the logo, uniforms, court, mascot and dance team.

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