Hornets’ arrival to State Farm Arena blocked by freight train
Charlotte coach James Borrego: ‘I’ve been coming to this arena for 20 years, and I’ve never seen a train stop before the game.’
The Charlotte Hornets were delayed getting to the arena Wednesday for their NBA Play-In game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Tracks run all around State Farm Arena, a remnant of a time when the area was the site of the city’s two major passenger stations.
Both stations were torn down decades ago, but many of the tracks that remain are still frequented by freight trains running near the heart of downtown Atlanta.
One of those trains stopped on a crossing before the game, blocking the Hornets’
chartered buses from reaching the players’ entrance on the bottom level of the arena.
The buses were forced to turn around and find an alternate route to the arena. They were delayed about 15 minutes.
“I’ve never seen that,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “I’ve been coming to this arena for 20 years, and I’ve never seen a train stop before the game.”