Hornets announce upcoming preseason schedule

New Orleans, La. - The New Orleans Hornets will play eight preseason games for the 2012-13 season, highlighted by a road trip to Mexico City against the Orlando Magic and two home preseason games in New Orleans.

The Hornets will play the Charlotte Bobcats in the New Orleans Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 9 and their final home preseason game will pit them against Southwest Division rival Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The Hornets begin the preseason south of the border in Mexico City for a contest against the Orlando Magic on Sunday, Oct. 7. NBA Mexico Game 2012 will showcase Hornets forward and 2012 Kia NBA Most Improved Player Ryan Anderson against his former team and six-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard.

Following the trip to Mexico, New Orleans will meet the Charlotte Bobcats in the next two contests showcasing former University of Kentucky teammates and the top two NBA 2012 Draft picks, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The first game will be at New Orleans Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 9, while the second will be hosted by the Bobcats in a site to be announced next week on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The Hornets will then continue their road trip with contests at the Houston Rockets (Oct. 12), Atlanta Hawks (Oct. 18) and Dallas Mavericks (Oct. 22), before returning home to face the Houston Rockets for the second and final home game of the preseason at New Orleans Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The Hornets conclude preseason in Florida with a contest against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the defending champion Miami Heat, Friday, Oct. 26.   Their season opener is on Oct. 31 against San Antonio.

Information on individual game tickets for Hornets preseason and regular season games will be released at a later date.  Season tickets are available by calling (504) 525-HOOP or by logging on to Hornets.com.


Date                 Day      Opponent                                      Arena                                                  City                                           Tip-Off*

Oct. 7                Sun           at Orlando                                 Mexico City Arena                             Mexico City, Mexico              1:30 p.m.

Oct. 9                Tue           vs. Charlotte                             New Orleans Arena                          New Orleans, LA                   7:00 p.m.

Oct. 11             Thu           at Charlotte                               TBD                                                      TBD                                          6:30 p.m.

Oct. 12             Fri             at Houston                                Toyota Center                                    Houston, TX                           7:00 p.m.

Oct. 18             Thu           at Atlanta                                   Philips Arena                                      Atlanta, GA                             6:30 p.m.

Oct. 22             Mon          at Dallas                                    American Airlines Center                Dallas, TX                               7:30 p.m.

Oct. 24             Wed          vs. Houston                               New Orleans Arena                          New Orleans, LA                   7:00 p.m.

Oct. 26             Fri             at Miami                                    American Airlines Arena                  Miami, FL                                6:30 p.m.