New York Stars

Facts and information about the New York Stars

  • The New York Stars relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina during their first year in the WFL.
  • The Stars organization was the only WFL team to play under three names in one season. The organization played the first 14 weeks as the New York Stars, then played one game as the Charlotte Stars before renaming themselves the Charlotte Hornets for the remainder of the year.
  • The Charlotte Hornets name would later be brought back by an NBA expansion team in 1989.
  • The franchise began as the Boston Bulldogs, and then changed their name to the Bulls before relocating to New York and becoming the Stars before they ever played a game in Massachusetts.
  • One of the main factors in the Stars moving from New York to Charlotte was low income due to a substandard stadium. Yankee Stadium was being renovated and Shea Stadium had no room as it was home to the Jets, Mets, and Yankees at the time. The Stars were forced to play in Downing Stadium near the East River.
  • The Charlotte Hornets finished the 1974 season with a record of 10-10, qualifying for the playoffs. The team could not afford to attend the playoff games, so the Philadelphia Bell made the playoffs even though they’d finished third.
  • The Stars would defeat the Detroit Wheels 37-14 at Downing Stadium in their last game in New York before relocating to Charlotte.

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