The Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hornets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The Hornets play their home games at the Spectrum Center in Uptown Charlotte. The Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team. In 2002, the team relocated to New Orleans. The Bobcats were renamed the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014-15 NBA season.