New Orleans Pelicans to host preseason game against Atlanta Hawks in Birmingham

New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum (3) drives past Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic...
New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum (3) drives past Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) and forward Onyeka Okongwu (17) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 20, 2022, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)(AP)
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 4:33 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The New Orleans Pelicans will host a preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, October 14, 2022.

The game will be at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, home to Pelicans’ NBA G League affiliate, The Birmingham Squadron. Tipoff for the game is at 7:00 p.m.

“The decision to launch the Squadron was a commitment by the Pelicans organization to invest in the Birmingham community,” said Pelicans Governor Gayle Benson. “This Pelicans preseason game in Birmingham is a tangible example of that commitment, and this is just the beginning. We want to thank the City of Birmingham, the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, and everyone involved in making this event happen.”

“This is a big deal,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin. “As a basketball fan, I am thrilled to see these amazing teams battle it out. As the mayor, I am proud that this event can be enjoyed by our residents and visitors. This just further confirms that Birmingham is a destination for top sports event in our region.”

“Birmingham and Legacy Arena playing host to a NBA preseason game with the New Orleans Pelicans was exactly the kind of enhanced partnership opportunity we had in mind when first discussing bringing the Birmingham Squadron NBA G League team to Birmingham,” said BJCC Executive Director and CEO Tad Snider. “From the earliest discussions it was apparent the Pelicans organization and Gayle Benson had a genuine interest to partner with our city in a deeper way than just the team. With the inaugural season behind us just as we were completing the renovations to Legacy Arena, this announcement is a wonderful momentum builder leading into season two. NBA games in Legacy Arena in the past have been exciting for our community, and we expect this game featuring the Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks to be the best one yet.”

Season ticket membership plans for the Birmingham Squadron’s 2022-23 campaign are on sale now. Squadron season ticket holders will receive complimentary tickets for the preseason game between the Pelicans and Hawks, and will also have the ability to purchase additional tickets for the preseason matchup at a special season ticket holder rate.

For more information about the benefits of becoming a Squadron season ticket member or group plan holder, please visit or call the Squadron ticket office at (205) 719-0850.

The remainder of the Pelicans’ 2022 preseason schedule will be announced at a later date. For more information about Pelicans basketball, please visit For more information about the Squadron, visit


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