During the Revolutionary War, Charlotte, North Carolina put up stiff resistance to the British occupying their fair city. One British commander described the scrappy fighters as “a veritable nest of hornets.” When the idea of bringing a franchise NBA team to town came about in 1987, the name “Hornets” seemed most appropriate, and when paired with the story, marketable when it came to selling tickets.
The flashy team soon became known for their fashion sense, becoming the first NBA team to use a bold teal and an electrifying purple for their colors, and for introducing pinstripes on basketball uniforms. Other teams followed suit, both in choosing bolder colors and in taking up the pinstripe motif.
The Hornets started buzzing in Charlotte, but moved to New Orleans in 2002. Except for a brief stint in Oklahoma City from 2005 to 2007 following Hurricane Katrina, the team has been a Louisiana staple ever since. New Orleans Hornets tickets went on sale for the first time before their inaugural game on October 30, 2002. The team faced the Utah Jazz, a former New Orleans team that left the city 17 years prior. The Hornets won with a decisive 100 to 75 score, and ended up making it to the first round of the playoffs that year. New Orleans Hornets tickets saw an increase in sales.
The team was doing well, making it to the playoffs in 2003-04, but loosing in the first round to the Miami Heat. Management replaced the Hornets head coach Tim Floyd with Byron Scott for the following season, which turned out to be the worst in franchise history, with a record of 18 - 64.
After the move and a temporary change in name to the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, and a first round draft pick named Chris Paul, the team improved. You could still buy New Orleans Hornets tickets for a few of the games still being played at the New Orleans Arena but the majority of “home” games were at Oklahoma City’s Ford Center.
The Hornets returned to New Orleans for the 2007-08 season and celebrated with a 56-26 record that year and by winning the Southwest Division, their first title. That same year the New Orleans Arena hosted the NBA All-Star Game, further inciting residents to buy New Orleans Hornets tickets. In the 2008-09 season the team made it to the first round of the playoff finals, losing to the Denver Nuggets in game five. They again made it to the NBA playoffs in the 2010-2011 season, loosing to the Lakers in game six.
The team continues to improve and has an energetic playing style and ticket sales are brisk. Check with us for cheap New Orleans Hornets tickets for sale as a convenient option to waiting in line on game day. Hornets’ fans are eager to pick up those choice courtside seats, so reserve your tickets today.