For all practical purposes, New Orleans is celebrating a brand new NBA team tonight. The new Pelicans take on the Indiana Pacers in the arena in the home opener and it should be packed. The fans will be treated to music and partying hours before the tip off and later the new dance team and the totally new team mascot make their debut.
''We had over 9,000 fans vote on line for the name so that will be revealed tonight as well, so that's just another layer of excitement for tonight,'' said Lindsey Mitchell with the Pelicans.
There is also a new dance team.
''They'll be performing tonight a couple of times," said Mitchell. "This is a big night for our franchise our whole staff, the players and the fans have been looking forward to this for so long.''
Mitchell expects the team store to be buzzing tonight as fans scramble to get new jerseys and other team garb. Hear all the action on Pelicans Radio on 105.3 WWL-FM.