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Getting to Know Charlotte’s Mascots

posted by Michael Solender August 7, 2017
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Photo courtesy of the Carolina Panthers

Sir Purr – Carolina Panthers

  • Favorite Charlotte Pastime: Hugs! Sir Purr is the leader of the league in hug deliveries per appearance, averaging 451 hugs per outing. Sometimes, he even delivers more than one hug to the same person.
  • Fun Fact: He went to school at Catawba (or “CAT-awba,” as he likes to call it) College and majored in Performing (“PURR-forming”) Arts.
  • How to Book Sir Purr for Events: Complete the appearance request form on panthers.com.
  • For Panthers Tickets: Visit panthers.com/tickets.
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Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Hornets

Hugo – Charlotte Hornets

  • Favorite Charlotte Pastime: Bungee jumping, skydiving, playing basketball (of course!), rollerblading, race car driving, flying and dancing.
  • Fun Fact: Hugo is an avid inventor, who has created such masterpiece dunks as the “Flip Dunk,” the “Felmet Dunk” and the world-famous “Bug-on-the-windshield Dunk.”
  • How to Book Hugo for Events: Visit nba.com/hornets/Hugo.
  • For Hornets Tickets: Visit nba.com/hornets/tickets.
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Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Knights

Homer – Charlotte Knights

  • Favorite Charlotte Pastime: Signing autographs, posing for pictures, running the bases and, most importantly, making Knights fans happy!
  • Fun Fact: Homer has always been active in the Greater Charlotte area, participating in a wide range of charitable events. He’s a friendly dragon and loves children.
  • How to Book Homer for Events: Contact Homer’s agent Brittany Egan at 704.274.8192 or visit his page on the Knights official website.
  • For Knights Tickets: Visit charlotteknights.com.
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Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Checkers

Chubby – Charlotte Checkers

  • Favorite Charlotte Pastime: Hanging out around town, going to special events and napping in his cave.
  • Fun Fact: Chubby loves to dance at the drop of a puck. He especially likes to show off for the kids in the crowd.
  • How to Book Chubby for Events: Visit gocheckers.com/fan-zone/chubby.
  • For Checkers Tickets: Visit gocheckers.com.
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Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Hounds

Blue the Plott Hound – Charlotte Hounds

  • Favorite Charlotte Pastime: Chasing boar and fetching lacrosse balls.
  • Fun Fact: The plott hound is the official state dog of North Carolina.
  • How to Book Blue for Events: Contact the Hounds’ main office at 704.206.1514.
  • For Hounds Tickets: Visit charlottehounds.com/tickets.
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Photo courtesy of the Charlotte 49ers

Norm the Niner – Charlotte 49ers

  • Favorite Charlotte Pastime: Leading the spirit of “Niner Nation” and cheering on the Charlotte 49ers.
  • Fun Fact: Norm is rarely seen without his trusty pickaxe and never takes off his slouch hat.
  • How to Book Norm for Events: Visit Norm’s page on charlotte49ers.com.
  • For Charlotte 49ers Tickets: Visit charlotte49ers.com.
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Photo by visitcabarrus.com

Lug Nut – Charlotte Motor Speedway

  • Favorite Charlotte Pastime: Going fast and turning left.
  • Fun Fact: Lug Nut is the world’s fastest mascot, and he has three homes: Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • How to Book Lug Nut for Events: Contact Debbie Norman at 704.455.4421.
  • For Charlotte Motor Speedway Tickets: Visit charlottemotorspeedway.com.
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Champ the Cheetah – NASCAR Hall of Fame

  • Favorite Charlotte Pastime: Competing with his own car in the Boy Scouts of America Mecklenburg Chapter Pinewood Derby at the Hall each year.
  • Fun Fact: Champ’s favorite movie is “Cars,” and he can’t wait for the new “Cars” exhibit to come to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
  • How to Book Champ for Events: Visit nascarhall.com/tickets/champ-the-cheetah.
  • For NASCAR Hall of Fame Tickets: Visit nascarhall.com.
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The big personalities of Charlotte’s sports teams’ mascots are matched only by their team loyalty and love for the fans. With big smiles, huge heads and enormous personalities, their over-sized hearts are the only things that dwarf Charlotte’s sports teams’ mascots in stature—especially when it comes to entertaining the little ones who come out to cheer on the home teams.

Charlotte enjoys a super-fun cast of mascot characters. Here’s a guide to help you get to know them better.

Scroll through the slideshow above to meet the mascots.


Hang out with our local mascots at the WSOC 9 School Tools Kick-off Party with Classroom Central at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday, August 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will feature NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger and his No. 47 Chevrolet, food trucks, mascots, a DJ and will be broadcast live on WSOC-TV with personalities Erica Bryant and Scott Wickersham. The event is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring school supplies to donate to students in need.

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