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Posted: Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:10AM

Goodbye Hornets, Hello Pelicans... name changes tonight

The NBA team in New Orleans officially changes its name tonight.

After the Hornets complete their game with the Mavericks in Dallas, they will become the Pelicans.

"When we purchased the basketball team, it was a priority to change the name to reflect our culture, our community and our resolve. The Pelican does that," said Owner Tom Benson in a news release. "Our region has been hard hit in recent years and the one thing that stands out is the resiliency and determination to comeback, to fight and overcome. The Pelican symbolizes that. The synergy of this name, this bird and the future of our state and region are intertwined and in three, five, ten years from now, it will be not only be a name of a sports franchise but it will also be the face of the continued recovery of our region. We will promote healthy habitats, not only for our youth but for our community, our coast and our wildlife. The Pelican name will do that. It is more than a name. It represents our way of life."

The team prepared a video explaining the choice of the new name.  Watch the video below:

Team officials say in the coming weeks and months they will unveil the new uniforms, announce the nick name for the dance team and for the New Orleans Arena.

We asked listeners to share suggestions for the dance team name and the arena.  Here are some of their ideas texted to 870870:

Dancers should be called the Sea guhls...in the nola yat vernacular
With a little remodeling and imagination it could be called the reef
The dancers the no flyers or the brownies for the brown pelican
I say go with The Nest. the Swamp makes me think of the Florida Gators. For the cheerleaders, how about The Peli-Can-Can Girls?
The cheerleaders could be named The Godivers.
The chicks are obviously the cheerleaders
How about the "Flirty Birds"
The arena can be changed from the Hive to the Dive, as in how Pelicans gather their food/prey.
Dancers should be the Rigolets
Swamp and Flygirls
"The DOCK"
The Pelicans cheerleaders should be called: The Bounty
New name for the arena the gullet
Dave Dancers will be call the lady birds. The song shake ur tail feathers.
The arena : The Bayou. The Cheerleaders: The Crawladies.
The piling at the island
The pelican "Chicks"
The lady birds
Dancers: the wings
N.O. Pelicans arena - The Roost
Arena called "Barrier Isle" like our Barrier islands that are basically gone
The dancers should be the Pogeys
The dancers should be the "Minnows".
The sea-gals
The Chicks
"Tail feathers" for the dancers
I hope the dancers aren,t called the mullets.
The piling
The cheerleaders should be called the birdies
The Roost
The Perch
The honeybees can be called the seagulls
Dancers called "The Pogies"

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