New Orleans Pelicans Schedule & Tickets

New Orleans Pelicans schedule and tickets. View home games on the calendar at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. and away (road) game dates by day, week, an opponent, day games, night games. View the upcoming schedule and get great Pelicans ticket deals.



What you will find on the New Orleans Pelicans schedule:

  • New Orleans Pelicans home game dates
  • New Orleans Pelicans away game dates
  • New Orleans Pelicans opponents and game times
  • Upcoming New Orleans Pelicans NBA games on Calendar
  • New Orleans Pelicans day games
  • New Orleans Pelicans night games
  • New Orleans Pelicans weekday games
  • New Orleans Pelicans weekend games
  • Shop for New Orleans Pelicans NBA tickets


Pelicans Seating Chart at Smoothie King Center - Home of the New Orleans Pelicans


new orleans pelicans seating chart at smoothie king center

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About the New Orleans Pelicans Basketball Team

The New Orleans Pelicans are a National Basketball Asociation (NBA) team that plays its home games at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. The Pelicans were first known as the New Orleans Hornets because before the 2002-03 NBA season the team was moved from Charlotte, NC. as the Charlotte Hornets and they kept the name. It wasn't until 2013 that the team would rename itself the Pelicans, named after the state bird of Louisianna, the Brown Pelican.

Many things happened between those years to the team location, team history, and the Charlotte Hornets History. Because of the damage that Hurricane Katrina dealt the city of New Orleans in 2005, the team had to relocate to Oklahoma City from the 2005-06 season to the end of the 2006-07 season. During that time, they were known as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. 

Then there was the issue with the name Hornets. In 2004, two years after the Hornets left Charlotte, NC. the NBA awarded an expansion franchise to the city of Charlotte once again, this time they would be named the Bobcats.  in 2013 during the time the New Orleans Hornets changed their name to the Pelicans, the NBA awarded the name of Hornets back to the city of Charlotte. The Charlotte Bobcats would now be known as the Charlotte Hornets once again. Along with the name change came everything that the name Hornets and Bobcats have done collectively in the city of Charlotte, including all records and statistics. 

Before the team officially became the Pelicans and were known as the Hornets, their statistics and records, including playoff appearances, went all the way back to the 1989-90 NBA season when the then Charlotte Hornets became an expansion franchise. Once the NBA awarded the Hornets back to Charlotte, that franchise was able to take back all of their history and statistics before the move to New Orleans. So that is why when you look up statistics for the New Orleans Pelicans, you will not see anything precluding 2002, the year they started playing in New Orleans.

New Orleans Pelicans Playoff Appearances

Since the Pelicans entered the league in the 2002-2003 season, they have made the NBA playoffs 7 times and have never made it to the NBA finals or won an NBA Championship. The furthest that they have made it in the playoffs is the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, which they have done 2 times, 2008 and 2018. Here is a list of the years that the Pelicans have made the playoffs by decade.

Playoff Appearances by Decade:

Decade Playoff Appearances Years they made playoffs
2000s 4  2003, 2004, 2008, 2009
2010s 3 2011, 2015, 2018
2020s 0 Have not made NBA playoffs


Upcoming Season:

The New Orleans Pelicans have not made the playoffs in the last two seasons but there is hope for the franchise in the upcoming season. The team has hired a new head coach, Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy has had head coaching jobs before in Miami, Detroit, and Orlando. He has compiled a very impressive 523-384 combined record with those teams. He will be taking over a Pelicans team that is led by Zion Williamson. 



About the New Orleans Pelicans Schedule

Division and Rivals:

The New Orleans Pelicans play in the Southwest division of the Western Conference of the NBA League. They compete against four other teams in their division:

How Many Games do the New Orleans Pelicans Play in a Season?

The New Orleans Pelicans play 82 regular-season games a year on schedule. We will break down the New Orleans Pelicans season opponents, game dates, and game times. 

How Many Home Games do the New Orleans Pelicans Play at Smoothie King Center?

The New Orleans Pelicans play 41 of their 82 regular-season games at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. on each year's regular-season schedule.


Game Times: What Time do the New Orleans Pelicans Play?

The start time for any New Orleans Pelicans Basketball game all depends on the day of the week and the city they are playing in. Home games for the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA.  usually have a tip-off at around 7:00 PM for night games. You can check the Pelicans schedule above for each and every upcoming game start time.


What Channel do the New Orleans Pelicans play on?

Fox Sports Southwest will broadcast a majority of the New Orleans Pelicans games on TV for the upcoming season.



Going to a New Orleans Pelicans Basketball Game

If you are making your way to the Smoothie King Center. to see a New Orleans Pelicans Basketball game, there are some things that you should know to prepare yourself for your visit. 

  1. Arrive early: For New Orleans Pelicans Basketball games, the Smoothie King Center opens its doors 90 minutes prior to game time.  Get there early to find your seats, get concessions, and watch Pelican's pre-game Warm-ups.
  2. Uber or Lyft to and from Bourbon Street: Bourbon Street is about 8 minutes in an Uber or Lyft
  3. Enjoy Video Boards: The Smoothie King Center installed new video boards before the 2016-17 season and they are a huge success and one of the reasons that a Pelicans game consistently ranks near the top for NBA in-game experiences.
  4. Do not try to get up during a play:  During a New Orleans Pelicans game at the Smoothie King Center, If you need to go to the restroom, or you are getting up for concessions, wait until play has stopped. Nothing irritates other New Orleans Pelicans fans more than having to get up for someone trying to pass by their seats when play is in action.
  5. Visit the Pelicans team store: located in the Smoothie King Center where you can find all the Pelicans Apparel and merchandise that you need.
  6. Share your New Orleans Pelicans game experience: Share your Pelican game Pics and videos on our Instagram page. #closeseats


New Orleans Pelicans Ticket Information


How to Find New Orleans Pelicans Tickets on CloseSeats

Tickets to see the New Orleans Pelicans are available with the lowest prices located at the top of our ticket listings and the highest-priced tickets at the bottom of our ticket listings. You will find tickets to every section of every arena that the New Orleans Pelicans will play in this season. 

All New Orleans Pelicans ticket sales are 100% guaranteed and will be in the section and row that you purchase.


How to Buy New Orleans Pelicans Tickets 

  1. Browse our New Orleans Pelicans schedule for the game that you would like to attend
  2. Choose the tickets for the New Orleans Pelicans from our inventory
  3. proceed to checkout
  4. You will get an email on how to download your New Orleans Pelicans tickets or receive an estimated shipping date. 


How Much do New Orleans Pelicans tickets cost?

New Orleans Pelicans ticket prices can be found for as low as $5.00 for remaining games on the 2024 schedule. The average price for Pelicans tickets are currently $47.00.  For games at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA.  the seat location will have a big impact on the cost of the tickets. The minimum price for a New Orleans Pelicans ticket on is $6.00. No tickets can be bought or sold for under $6.00  


Do I Need to Print my Tickets?

No. The New Orleans Pelicans, along with all NBA teams, will only allow mobile ticket gate entry to their games.


New Orleans Pelicans Playoff Schedule and Tickets

Find and Buy NBA Playoff Tickets and view the NBA Playoff Schedule for the New Orleans Pelicans at CloseSeats. Browse our inventory and find tickets to every section and row for Pelicans playoff tickets and NBA Finals tickets.


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