New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards to Face Off in October in Jax

For the second consecutive year, Jacksonville will play host to the NBA.  The New Orleans Pelicans and the Washington Wizards will take the court inside the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena for a preseason game on Oct. 8.

“We’re honored to welcome the NBA back to Jacksonville,” Mayor Alvin  Brown said.  “This game continues our great partnership with the NBA, and it’s another opportunity to showcase Jacksonville as a go-to place for sports.  Once again, we’ll have the Fan Fest block party before the big game, featuring live entertainment, games and more. It’s free and family-friendly.”

Last year, the Orlando Magic hosted the New Orleans Pelicans in front of a crowd of over 8,000.

The Pelicans and Wizards represent two young NBA franchises on the rise, with the Wizards winning its first playoff series in over a decade this past season.  Each team features a young star coming off of his first All-Star Game appearance –  Anthony Davis of the Pelicans and John Wall of the Wizards.  Both men played college basketball at the University of Kentucky.

Former Florida Gator and Jacksonville native Patric Young also signed a two-year contract with the Pelicans over the weekend.

The game will serve as the pinnacle of a two-day celebration of basketball and sports, including NBA Legends participating in events throughout the community.

Mayor Brown also announced a partnership with the USO to provide tickets to service members.  Military members will be able to get discounted tickets through the USO offices at NAS Jacksonville and NS Mayport leading up to the game.

Game day will feature a pre-game NBA Fan Fest on the plaza outside of the Arena with interactive displays, games, and music.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 26 at 10 a.m. and prices start at $15.  Please visit the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office at the Arena,, or call (904) 630-3900.  For information about sponsorship opportunities and corporate ticket packages, contact the SMG Sales and Marketing Office at (904) 630-4055 or email

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