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Prior to the game at the New Orleans Arena, fans can enjoy live music by Bag of Donuts at the Champions Square Pregame Block Party starting at 5:00 p.m. The pregame festivities will also include drink specials and a Halloween Costume Contest with the top three place winners receiving a pair of courtside seats to opening night, as well as in-arena recognition during the game. The first-place winner will also receive an autographed team basketball.
It's the kick off of the first season under team owner Tom Benson and tonight's season opener will also mark the NBA debut for first-overall draft pick Anthony Davis and 10th-selection Austin Rivers. Hornets returners Eric Gordon, Jason Smith and Greivis Vasquez will be joined by nine players who will make their Hornets debut in the home opener, including Robin Lopez, Ryan Anderson, Roger Mason Jr., and Darius Miller.
"It's going to be an exciting night and we hope to get off to a good start. It goes a long way when the building is full, so we're hoping fans will come out," says Hornets Vice President of Communications, Harold Kaufman. Tickets for Opening Night are still available at all price points and can be purchased at Hornets.com or by calling 504-525-4667.
The Hornets have signed new corporate beverage partners, which they say in addition to the New Orleans Arena give them the opportunity to enhance the fan experience with new products, as well as lower price points for concessions.
"Since purchasing the Hornets, we have engaged our fans in several discussions to understand the modifications we can make to improve and enhance their game experience. Based on feedback we've received, variety, selection and pricing in regards to concessions were at the top of their list," said Hornets Owner Tom Benson. "We have listened to their feedback and, in cooperation with SMG and Centerplate, feel we have taken great steps towards meeting those needs with our new partnerships with Pepsi and evamor."
The Hornets are also making several price reductions on concessions. One of the highlights includes dropping the price of 16-oz. draft beers from $8 to $6. On Friday nights, $5 16-oz. draft beers will be available to compliment the Hornets' Friday Night 12-game Package, which is designed to give fans the opportunity to tip off the weekend with the excitement of an enhanced pre-game party with live music at Champions Square followed by a Hornets game.
Notable reductions also include a $.25 price cut on water, as well as reduced costs on hot dogs, and chicken wings. In addition to the reductions, prices have been frozen on several fan-favorite items, including nachos and chicken tenders.
Also in response to fan feedback, the Hornets organization says they have also increased selection, quality and points of purchase for Hornets merchandise.
Pepsi will serve as the Official Soft Drink of the New Orleans Hornets and the New Orleans Arena. evamor, a locally-owned and headquartered company, will be the Official Water of the Hornets and the New Orleans Arena. The naturally alkaline artesian water is bottled at the source, which comes from a protected artesian aquifer half a mile underground in Covington, Louisiana.