Charlotte Hornets Team Formation
Relocation to New Orleans
Smoothie King Center
The Hornets played their first game at the Smoothie King Center versus the Utah Jazz on October 30, 2002.
The arena was completed in 1999 at a cost of $114 million and officially opened on October 19, 1999. The arena seats 16,867 for Pelicans games. It has 2,800 club seats and 56 luxury suites.
Hurricane Katrina and temporary relocation to Oklahoma City
Tom Benson Gains Control
Reborn as the Pelicans
However, on December 4, 2012, it was reported that the Hornets would change their name to the New Orleans Pelicans beginning with the 2013 - 2014 season. The team name is inspired by Louisiana's state bird, the Brown Pelican.
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NBA Championships: 0
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