"It was very important to me and our staff that we change the name of this club to something that represented New Orleans and Louisiana," team owner Tom Benson said. "You just can't have a better name for Louisiana and New Orleans than the Pelican, it's the perfect representative."
Benson made the announcement official today in a news conference at the New Orleans Arena, where the team currently known as the Hornets plays.
"It's a symbol of our state and our resolve too," Benson insisted.
Team owner and Board Vice Chair Rita Benson LeBlanc explained the colors they chose for the Pelicans.
"The red, gold and blue of the Pelicans inspires the passion, the blue is loyalty and the gold is the gleam of championships that we hope to bring to our state."