Hugo the Hornet is officially back in the Queen City.
The Charlotte Hornets reintroduced the teal bug mascot at an event on Thursday at Time Warner Cable Arena. The mascot stood on the roof of the arena and waved a “Buzz City” flag.
It’s been more than a decade since Hugo T. Hornet was the face of Charlotte’s NBA franchise.
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Last year, the then-Charlotte Bobcats announced that Hugo would return once the team took on the Hornets name. The bug also was part of a video the team made then to unveil the new Hornets logo.
A bio posted on the Hornets’ website describes Hugo as a 6-foot-5 wingman, whose favorite song is “I Believe I Can Fly” and who doesn’t like fly swatters. His age? “None of your beeswax,” the bug says.
The team scheduled several appearances Thursday to let folks see Hugo around town, including a #HugosHome Tweetup at the corner of Trade and Tryon streets in uptown and at the Hornets’ open house at Time Warner Cable arena.
Cortland Williams, 12, donned the Hornets’ purple and teal to meet Hugo during the open house.
“When I found out Hugo and the Hornets were coming back, I was excited because I like their colors a lot better,” he said.
Darien Touch’s family waited in line about 20 minutes before being let into the open house.
“I can’t believe he’s coming back,” he said.
But Darien and his sister, Shya, said they had been anticipating the visit all day.
“Hugo’s been gone a long time, and it’s going to be exciting to see him,” Darien said.
Ten-year-old Andrew Nicholson also waited in line for his chance to meet the mascot.
He had an important message for Hugo.
“You better be good.”