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Hornets meet attendance benchmark

Posted on: January 24, 2011 11:38 am
Edited on: January 24, 2011 10:15 pm
Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: The Hornets have met the benchmark as they pulled in a crowd of 17,233 against the Thunder.

Before tonight's game against the Thunder, the New Orleans Hornets, Gov. Bobby Jindal and the city's mayor will make an announcement regarding the attendance benchmark that expires Jan. 31.

What are they announcing? It looks like the Hornets will meet it.

The team only needs to bring in 11,000 fans against the Thunder tonight, after bringing in 18,203 against the Spurs.

According to The Times-Picayune , local businesses have donated about $412,000 for tickets to games against Memphis and Toronto to help increase attendance figures. The home game previous to that against the Orlando Magic, who have big names like Dwight Howard and Gilbert Arenas, only brought in a crowd of 13,688. The previous two home games before the Magic, the Hornets saw crowds of 13,532 (Warriors) and 13,433 (76ers).

One other reason attendance might be going up is that the team is playing really well again. After starting the season 11-1, the Hornets slipped quite a bit, dropping 11 of 16. However, they're playing great again now, going 13-4 over their last 17. Plus, the past two games against the Hawks and Spurs, the Hornets have allowed only 131 points, combined.

With the team meeting the mark, the franchise isn't allowed to break its lease early with the city-owned arena. Had the Hornets come up short, they could've terminated the lease early.

That was something a potential new buyer was definitely interested in, because it was a way to relocate the team earlier than planned. However, with the team now locked into its lease through at least 2014, the Hornets have bought some more time in New Orleans. It's still borrowed though, but at least they've taken a first step.

Category: NBA

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2011 2:13 pm

Hornets meet attendance benchmark

Uh, no... North Carolina IS the college basketball hotbed. Nice try though.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:36 am

Hornets meet attendance benchmark

Glad to see New Orleans staying put.  That city needs all the jobs it can get and having the Baby Dome still drawing helps keep tourists going to games, the local fanbase something to cheer about, and businesses a way to profit.

The real issue with the Hornets is revenue.  They need to continue building new streams of revenue so that they can build their popularity.  People forget this isn't exactly an "old" franchise fallen on hard times.  New franchises have to build on playoff seasons and establish a reputation otherwise they fall behind.  Small cities can be successful places for basketball franchises, as evidenced by the Spurs, Heat, Magic, and Jazz.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:27 am

Hornets meet attendance benchmark

New Orleans as a city has rebounded(pun) nicely. The Saints have given not only hope but a Super Bowl win to the community. As for the Hornets, it IS the NBA and with that comes uncertainty. Each year cities with NBA franchises have to wonder if the STAR player is happy or wants a trade and owner's threats to leave for greener pastures. It's hard to have a fan base wrap its arms around a team when each year has so many questions, especially N.O. Until the NBA's product improves and all the uncertainty subsides, this will be the fait for many NBA cities in the near future. Sad. 

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:04 am

Hornets meet attendance benchmark

If you will remember the Charlotte Hornets led the NBA in attendance for seven straight seasons with 358 consecutive sellouts while fielding bad and  mediocre teams. The fans soured on the ownership of the dirtbag George Shinn leading to declining attendance in later years.

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:41 am

Hornets meet attendance benchmark

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:30 am

Hornets meet attendance benchmark

bmf_andre hit it on the head, new orleans is a blue collar city that spends alot of money selling out that superdome every sunday during football season, so usually it will be after football season before most fans can afford to go to the games, i love the hornets being in new orleans as well, but there is no telling how long the team will last here

in reference to louisville having a basketball team, i believe that arena would sell out every night IF they had a competitive team, st. louis would be a better fit, i do believe the small market cities work (ok city, portland, san anton, sacremento, orlando) IF the team is successful, but their are other teams (memphis, charlotte, vancouver) that dont work due to the success of the team, unless louisville has someone wanting to buy the team and spend alot of money to make them competitive 

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:53 am

Hornets meet attendance benchmark

no offense if you are from kentucky. but the blue grass state just
doesnt cut it in pro sports. history question: how many pro teams have their
been in kentucky state history?


(PS> 1...and it rhymes with urinals)

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2011 5:33 am

Hornets meet attendance benchmark

Who cares about the attendance? I'd like to know when the Hornets will trade C3PO.

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 2:40 am
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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 10:59 pm

Hornets meet attendance benchmark

As I've said in the past.  As much as I love having the Hornets here in New Orleans, they will always play second fiddle to the Saints.  The fact that they are hot right definitely helps with the attendance numbers, but there's no doubt in my mind that the attendance spike is more of a result of football season being over.  Everyone here loves the Hornets, but let's face it, this city isn't crawling around with millionaires.  People in New Orleans love sports, but we have a budget too.  The Hornets will have a 180 turnaround in attendance through the end of the season.  For those that don't believe this theory, watch history repeat itself next year.

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