Hornets fans meet attendance benchmark

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials announced Monday night the New Orleans Hornets met attendance goals of the 14,735 game average required in the team's lease to keep them in the city for another year.

Before a push began to increase attendance and keep the team, on average, only about 13,735 people were showing up for games.

However, the number jumped by 10.5% or an additional 1,439 tickets bought per game after the campaign began. In the last three games, the team averaged 16,390 fans per game.

"We came together here in December to urge citizens to pack the Hive in support of the Hornets – and they did," said Jindal. "Because of the tremendous outpouring of support from this area and all across the state, the Hornets will stay right here for another year."

If the benchmark had not been met, the Hornets had an option to terminate their lease in March 2011 with an exit penalty of $10 million. By achieving the attendance benchmark in 2011, the Hornets do not have the option to terminate the contract this year.

However, according to the lease agreement, the team can terminate their contract by March 2012 or 2013 if attendance benchmarks are not met those years.

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