Want a local beer while watching the Charlotte Hornets play? It’ll cost you.
Prices went way up this season at the Spectrum Center’s craft beer garden, which carries brews from NoDa, Sugar Creek, Triple C and Foothills.
The standard beer now costs $13.25 for the “souvenir” cup. It holds 19 ounces when completely full to the brim (yes, I measured).
There is a smaller size available for $12.25.
That compares with $10 for a craft beer over the past few seasons.
Macrobrew isn’t much cheaper. A Bud Light will set you back $11 this year at the general concession stands.
The craft beer garden launched in 2013 when the team was still known as the Bobcats. Beer cost $8 for a 16-ounce cup or $10 for 20 ounces at that time.
For the record, Bud Light cost $6.50 and $7.75 at that time.
It’s hard to figure out what the average beer price in NBA arenas is this year.
More arenas are adding craft beer options and prices are rising. Teams generally don’t publicize their concession prices, however.
Beer prices at Carolina Panthers games are slightly cheaper than at the Spectrum Center.