Hornets select Southern Nazarene University’s Sawyer Center as the Official Practice Site

September 30, 2005
Contact: Eunice Trent
Phone: 405.491.6600
Fax: 405.491.6381
E-mail: etrent@snu.edu

BETHANY, OK – The New Orleans Hornets / Oklahoma City Hornets announced earlier this week that they will use Southern Nazarene University’s Sawyer Center as their training facility for the 2005-2006 season. The 98,000 square foot facility seats 5,000 for basketball and is the home for SNU basketball and volleyball teams.

The Hornets training camp begins on Tuesday, October 4. “We did an exhaustive tour of all the possible facilities in the Oklahoma City region, and the Sawyer Center is a fantastic facility that exceeds all of the criteria that we had,” said Hornets Head Coach Byron Scott. “And in addition to having a first-rate facility, Athletic Director Bobby Martin and his staff have been very accommodating. We look forward to working with them throughout the season.”

“Southern Nazarene University hurts for the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast during this devastating time,” said Dr. Loren Gresham, Southern Nazarene University President. “While we are deeply sorry for the loss that has occurred because of Hurricane Katrina that has forced the New Orleans Hornets to have to make a move, we are pleased to be in a position to help. As a University, we have looked for ways to help in the recovery efforts and to be a community of support for those who have lost so much because of the recent events. We certainly look forward to working with the Hornets in this process and being a community of support for their franchise.”

The Hornets season begins on Tuesday, November 1 as they play Sacramento in the Oklahoma City Ford Center. The team will practice from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as allowed by their schedule.

For further information about the New Orleans Hornets/Oklahoma City Hornets, go to www.nba.com/hornets. To check out the Sawyer Center at Southern Nazarene University, click on the following link. http://sports.snu.edu