Pelicans Will Return To Birmingham During 2023 Preseason

The New Orleans Pelicans announced their 2023 preseason schedule today.

New Orleans will play four games during the preseason, with just one of those on their home court at the Smoothie King Center.

The Pelicans will host the Orlando Magic on Oct. 10 in their opener. For the second consecutive season, the Pels will host a preseason matchup in Birmingham, Ala. They face their rivals from the Southwest Division, the Houston Rockets, on Oct. 12 in Legacy Arena, the home of the Pelicans’ G League affiliate, the Birmingham Squadron.

In their final two games the Pelicans will go on the road to face the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Gateway Center Arena in College Park, Ga., before finishing up in Orlando against the Magic on Oct. 17.

Last season the Pelicans played the Hawks in the newly refurbished Legacy Arena in Birmingham in front of a sold out crowd of 15,486 fans. The Pelicans announced that all Squadron season ticket holders will receive complimentary tickets in their seat location for the game against the Rockets. Individual tickets are not yet for sale, but will be made available through the Squadron ticket office and Ticketmaster.

Tickets for the Oct. 10 game against the Orlando Magic are on sale now. Fans can go online or call the Pelicans ticket office for more information.

Broadcast details for the Pelicans’ preseason games will be announced later.

DateDayOpponentLocationTime (CT)
Oct. 10Tue.Orlando MagicSmoothie King Center7:00 pm
Oct. 12Thur.Houston RocketsLegacy Arena (Birmingham, Ala.)7:00 pm
Oct. Atlanta HawksGateway Center Arena (College Park, Ga.)2:30 pm
Oct. Orlando MagicAmway Center (Orlando, Fla.)6:00 pm

Last season the Pelicans played five preseason games, going 4-1 with victories over Chicago, Detroit, San Antonio, and Atlanta. Their loss was to the Miami Heat.

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