The New Orleans Hornets' franchise is about to undergo some big changes, and they are going to become a bit more locals. Yahoo Sports revealed on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, that the team is going to announce that it is changing its nickname from the Hornets to the Pelicans.
The Times-Picayune reports that a news conference is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, to officially make the announcement.
It has been reported for some months now that the Hornets would want to change their nickname to something a bit more fitting of New Orleans. In late 2012, it was revealed that the team had decided to go with the Pelicans, which is the state bird of Louisiana.
Club owner Tom Benson has owned the rights to the Pelicans nickname for some time now. He also owns the rights to Swamp Dogs, Bullsharks, Rougarou, and Mosquitos, but none of those team names were agreed upon.
The Hornets are set to start using the Pelicans name beginning in the 2013-2014 season. The team will also reveal that they are changing their colors from the current purple, teal, and white to blue, gold, and red. A new logo will also be revealed on Thursday.
A minor league baseball team was in New Orleans from 1889 until 1959, and they also used the nickname of Pelicans.