Select-a-Seat Weekend 2012

Published: June 2, 2012

It’s time to get your actual butt in an actual seat.

There are no more excuses. Everything a Hornets fan could want is in our grasp. You local fans, the ones who many claim are the best and most important fans of the team, need to get the some season tickets. Before we had to rally to attract an owner, blah blah blah.

Now it’s time to buy because this is our awesome team. Anthony Davis will bring the awesome and the doughnuts (rookie!). Get in there and bring the our. You want to shut the naysayers up? Dig your fingers into this team and don’t let go. Then, when they open their pieholes, we shove the Arena down their scrawny necks, buy them a bear, slap on the back, and convert them as fans of New Orleans and the Hornets. That’s how you do it.

This weekend is the best of all possible weekends to get new Hornets seats or upgrade your current ones. This is because you get to go down to the Arena, have the team kiss up to you a bit, and go sit in the seats you’ll be purchasing. This lets you try out the sightlines, nearest amenities, access, etc.

It’s fun to boot.

Current season ticket holders got an email with their appointment for today. Saints season ticket holders can arrive Sunday at 11, and the public can choose seats from 1-3. You can attend any time after you first availability (in my experience).

Season tickets are on sale already. If you can’t make it call 504-525-HOOP or dig around on

You only need to drop down a deposit, and they’ll bill you in installments. It doesn’t get easier.

Additionally, people have brought up the idea of getting together and sitting in little clusters of posters, or finding people to split tickets with. To support this, we have this post and a thread at Hornets Report.

For reference, Hornets247 has seats in 303. If are interested in upper corner seats, check those out.

Where do you guys sit?

Who’s looking to sit next to other fans as great as our readers? Who’s looking for a worthy person to split tickets with?


I had a great time at the event today, and I talked it up on The Swarm (12-2 990 AM WGSO, hosted by Joe Gerrity). Tickets were being added and upgraded by a large number of folks. If you missed your appointment today, go tomorrow before 1 when the general public can get in. If you didn’t have an appointment and are on the fence, get down there and check it out. Trust me, these tickets are moving. I don’t get anything for saying that; I’m just trying to make sure you fans have the shots you want at going to games at low prices.


  1. Nick Malone aka yankeesman77

    June 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

    If only I didn’t live on Long Island and actually lived in New Orleans, I would be buying seats up in a heart beat.

  2. edbballin504

    June 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

    My season tickets have been in Sect 118, Row 18, Seats 5-6 for the past 2 seasons, before that I was in 118, row 25 for about 4 seasons. I am thinking about upgrading, depending on whats available when I go to select a seat today at 1:30pm. I’m in for good! Are you???

  3. Whitney

    June 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Our seats have always been in the corner of 331 behind the plexi – going to select a seat today to upgrade to something more in the center I hope! Glad to get to go today before the public tomorrow! Heres to a great season, NOLA!

  4. Jake Madison

    June 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Have four seats in 309.

  5. David

    June 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Didn’t have seats this year bc my friends bailed. Lookin for ppl to split seats with. Email me if your interested

  6. cgrand

    June 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    just moved from 301 row 1 (free throw line) to 105 row 12
    if anyone wants the best seats in the balcony my former seats are hard to beat for the price
    unobstructed view and nobody in front of you
    just wanted to get closer

    remember on a full season plan you can sell ten games back right off the bat
    i usually sell back ten wed games

  7. RBee

    June 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    We went today at noon and upgraded from 104 to 103 and down about 6 rows. Looked like fewer seats available and more people interested – very exciting! The rep told us that renewals were stronger than expected and sales had been good. Then, we got the 1st pick and the phones have been ringing off the hook! I hope that is all true – really looking forward to next year.

  8. NOLA Hustle

    June 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    (formerly bee dat, hornets thing of past)

    303 it is! nice to see you and ed there to you today jason, and looking forward to seeing 303 rocking and rolling this year!

    • Jason Calmes

      June 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Yeah, dude.

      Solid solid section.

      Last year at the watch parties I said it and recent events confirm it: This is the beginning of Hornets fans really being united in a superadditive way. In 20 years, the people doing things like Purple Hornet, Joe, Super Hornet, and less prominent people like the 303 crew (us, Mikey, Mike, Steven, Justin, Mr. Ray and Mrs. Janice) will have laid the foundation of something beautiful.

      The nonlocal fans play a huge role (just like out walkabout Irishman), too, helping to unite us in communities like this, and also in make us know that we, in a very real and measureable sense, are the chosen few who represent a grand tribe. Or, in a tribute to Young Guns, pals.

      I’m pumped.

    • edbballin504

      June 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Glad I could finally meet a few of the crew today at select a seat! When the season start, I better here yall loud and clear up there in 303! Should be a great year for the Hornets, and I am glad to be a part of it. Curious too see how season ticket sales stack up after the weekend. If yall get the number, please share!

      • Jason Calmes

        June 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm

        I know some but it’s best to speak when things are all done up proper.

        I will tell you I was pleasantly surprised by both the numbers leading up to today and with I heard today.

        Not everyone is as ballin as edbbuyin, but folks are getting their tickets.

        I told Joe a while back that I didn’t think we’d be near 10,000 this season. I thought a lower number. Going into today, they were close to my upper end that I’d puzzled out looking at historical data. Between the balcony buster grandfathering and various forms of excitement prior to the draft, they were already approaching my upper end. Davis may put them close to 10,000. I’m not sure it’ll get to Joe’s optimistic level, but my pessimistic level may be about as off.

        This is, of course, one reason we have so many writers. Cover those bases. Someone is right and someone gets their teeth kicked in, all for the pleasure of the readers.

        Rest assured that we’ll be on top of the boring bad news that may arise. You guys can try your best to poke your head up out of the trenches and look around for actual basketball business to discuss.


      • edbballin504

        June 3, 2012 at 12:05 am

        LMAO @ edbbuyin. The “ed b ….” theme is always something you excel in being creative with Mr. Jason.

        Gla to hear the numbers are coming back better than expected. Tomorrow will be the key day as we see how much “general public” interest the team has. Same with the Saints STH interest in becoming Hornets STHs. It’ll be nice if by the season we have 12k strong, but that may be a stretch in this market.

      • Jason Calmes

        June 3, 2012 at 12:36 am

        I love it, dude. LOVE IT!

        Me and you, bro.

        That 12k sounds alot like Joe’s number, and I agree 100% with all that. I will add, however, that the stretch can be achieved without ripping our collective taint if the businesses continue to step up more and more and fill the lower bowl.

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