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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Hornets fans discovered black tuxedo-themed t-shirts on their seats when they entered the team's downtown arena for the season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The franchise on Wednesday night celebrated the return of the Hornets' name to Charlotte after 10 seasons being known as the Bobcats.
The tuxedo theme was a tip of the hat to the 1988-89 Hornets' season opener when a number of fans wore tuxedos to the game in celebration of the city's first major professional sports team.
Fans also received an encased commemorative ticket, a "ridiculous rag" rally towel and glowsticks that were used during the pregame player introductions and at halftime.
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern and some players from the original Hornets team were on hand for the festivities, including Kelly Tripucka.