If you were one of the unfortunate number to sit through the rain delay, the Pelicans have provided some clarity on what to do next.
All tickets to the Pelicans-Pacers game that was postponed on Wednesday will be honored for the rescheduled game, and parking will be free, according to a statement from the Pelicans on Thursday. The date for that game, however, has not yet been set.
Anyone who purchased tickets from the Pelicans are also eligible for refunds or exchanges (call (504) 525-4667 for more details). Anyone who purchased tickets through a third-party distributor will have to contact that office for refunds or exchanges, according to the statement.
"The Pelicans thank all of our fans for [their] support and appreciate [their] patience in this matter," reads the statement.
It wasn’t a loss. It was literally a lost game.
The game was eventually postponed after a small leak in the roof of the Smoothie King Center allowed rain to gather near the free throw line, delaying a 7 p.m. tipoff for one hour, 43 minutes before announcing the official postponement due to player safety concerns.
The SMG crew opted to build a temporary catch basin to contain the leak, hoisting a tarp with a hose attached toward the roof. SMG general manager Alan Freeman said a crew would remain in place throughout the game to operate the catch basin, but Pacers’ coach Nate McMilland said he and Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry were uncomfortable with the solution.
“We just really didn’t want to take a chance of these players going out and playing on the floor with the possibility of a leak over the course of a two and a half hour game,” McMillan said. “It’s in an area where there is going to be a lot of action right around the free throw line.
The Pelicans neither own nor operate the Smoothie King Center, but team executives were gathered for the majority of the delay trying to unpack the various logistics involved with postponement.
“At the end of the day, it was all about player safety,” Pelicans’ general manager Dell Demps said. “It’s just unfortunate the decision took so long to make.”
Information from reporter Scott Kushner was used in this report.