MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6565 posts, RR: 51 Posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2067 times:
This March the NBA Hornets will be returning to the New Orleans Arena for three games. The games were supposed to be played in Baton Rouge, but BTR is not exactly a hot spot for pro sports. The one game that the team played there only drew 7,000 and change.
It will be good to see the team "come home". Word on the street is that next year they'll play a split schedule with half of the home games in MSY and half in OKC. Then in 2007/08 they'll be back here on a permanent basis.
I guess we'll just wait and see how it will all pan out, but at least i'll be able to see my Hornets in New Orleans this season. Three games are better than nothing.
We were talking last night about going to at least one of the games here.
Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter): Word on the street is that next year they'll play a split schedule with half of the home games in MSY and half in OKC. Then in 2007/08 they'll be back here on a permanent basis.
I hope this is true, especially in light of the fact that they are doing so well in OKC. Something like 7th or 8th in attendance up there. There's also not the following down here that the Saints have. And with their seasons running at the same time, the two will be competing for the same sports dollar. I rather imagine that were the Hornets to return to NO for any length of time, at least in the near future, a good number of fans attending those would be rooting for the oppostion, in light of the many insurance folks, contractors, FEMA, etc, who are currently populating the town.
Don't get me wrong, I'd love for both the Saints and the Hornets to remain here permanently. I just hope that they don't both adversely affect the others bottom line, and we end up losing them both permanently.
Steve, you not working today?
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 1): I hope this is true, especially in light of the fact that they are doing so well in OKC.
I must say OKC has really supported the team well and frankly deserves a team of its own when the Hornets come back. I think that the city is easily #1 market for future expansion.
Overall, I think the potential split schedule next year would be a good thing. That's about 20 games right? It's likely that a majority of the pre-Katrina population base should be back in two years, so it'll give the city some time to build back up before a full home schedule takes place. I think the area in its current state could support 20 games without any problem.
Traindriver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2047 times:
You guys have a minor league baseball team in the PCL.
Any word on whether they'll be playing in N.O. this
season or was the stadium also damaged. Also, isn't
there a minor league soccer team in town? Any word
on their plans? Glad to hear the Charlotte oops the New
Orleans Hornets will be playing some home games in March.
Dw9115 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 449 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2045 times:
I thought ESPN said some thing about the NBA putting a team in OKC because of how well the Hornets are doing and because they need another to to off set the Bobcats so things are even. Does anyone know any thing about this.
Traindriver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2023 times:
Tom in No and MSYtristar,
Thanks for the sports updates. I'm glad to hear that
things are slowly returning to normal. I hope all you
Gulf Coasters have a Happy New Year. (It's gotta be
better than 05).
...though most would remain "sensitive" if questioned about it in public-- you might be surprised at how many New Orleanians think 2005 was something of a "cleansing" of the city, despite the horrific price paid, in many ways.
It seems poised to bring about a renaissance, the likes of which the city has so desperately needed if it every hopes to amount to a true world-class metropolitan.
Ouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4590 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1982 times:
Yeah...definitely some good news for you guys down there. The two games this month that were suppose to be in BTR have been moved to OKC, while the remaining 3 games that were going to be done in LA will be back in New Orleans.
From what it looks like, next year will be much the same as this year with the majority of the games played in OKC and some in New Orleans. The team will then likely return for the 07/08 season. This will then leave OKC without a team for a year when it is expected that either the Toronto or Orlando team will be relocated to OKC.
OKC attendance has been outstanding with the Ford Center filled over 19,000 for most of the games. We'll see what happens. At least the talk of them staying should be done...unless of course the New Orleans attendance stinks.