Hornets host Select-a-Seat event after draft lottery success

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Posted on June 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 3 at 6:01 PM

Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - Sunday was another important day in the already momentous Hornets off-season.

A few days after hitting the draft lottery jackpot, the team cashed in on the excitement.

With the number one draft pick now in hand, team officials pushed to sell more tickets at their "Select-a-Seat" event at the arena.

Fans looking to buy tickets for next season got a chance to select their own seats at the arena.

"I think all the seats are great. It just depends what your budget is," Oscar Mendez, a Mandeville resident, said.

Mendez has never been to a Hornets game, but when the franchise landed the right to select Anthony Davis -- the overwhelming favorite to become the top draft pick -- Mendez decided the time was right.

"We wanna support the team. We wanna come and participate and have fun," he said.

"It's a really exciting time to have fans come down and see seats that are available. Sales are going brisk since we got the number one pick, obviously, so we want to be able to call timeout -- let everyone come down, touch them, feel them, sit in them, see the sight lines, see what's going on," Bill Bailey , the senior VP of ticket sales, said.

Available seats were marked with a tag. Some were for the entire season, and others were part of half season and 12-game packages.

"Fans are really getting a chance to see the different pieces of inventory, the different types of plans and pick out what's best for them. The price is on it, so they have a lot of choices in whatever their budget can accommodate," Bailey said.

With excitement building over the team's future, the Denham family drove all the way from Baton Rouge on Sunday to make sure they were a part of it.

"We're here today to get closer seats for the Hornets games. We're huge Hornets fans," Cheryl Denham said.

The Hornets also scored the tenth pick in the upcoming NBA draft, which will be held on June 28.

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