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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: 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.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2011 4:40 pm

Hornets to make announcement about attendance

It actually a good place to spend the money. Keeping a team there only bring more money to business etc. On top of that if they moved to another location , then all the money that the team donate to local charity would be used in another city. I am sure NO can use the help. I like the team is staying there for the time being. 

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:36 pm

Hornets to make announcement about attendance

I could have found quite a few better causes to donate $412,000 to....and I like the Hornets.

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