Live from the Hive: Plaq.’s night with the HornetsDec 27th, 2010 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: news
Plaquemines Parish overtook the New Orleans Arena last Friday night, Dec. 17, for their annual Night at the Hive.
Parish residents were able to receive 35 percent-off discounted tickets to the basketball game by purchasing them in advance.
Belle Chasse Primary School performed the National Anthem at the start of the game, and the Belle Chasse Middle School cheerleaders and dancers provided the halftime show entertainment.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser came on court to carry out the game ball.
“We wanted to see the locals step up, buy tickets for themselves and to give to school students, boy scouts, girl scouts, and church groups to help children that normally would not be able to go,” said Nungesser. “And we were asking the surrounding parishes to do the same.”
In the end, spectators were able to witness a win for the New Orleans Hornets; they beat the Utah Jazz, 100-71.
Some Louisiana parishes have a chance to have their own Night at the Hive, in an effort to encourage attendance at the home games.
The Hornets’ lease with the state has an opt-out clause which will be initiated if the crowds do not reach an average size of 14,375 people by Jan. 11, 2011. Their current average is 13,735.
The NBA purchased the New Orleans Hornets franchise two weeks ago, the first time they have bought a team in the history of the National Basketball Association. The sale means the location of the team could be moved if there is a buyer in another city.