You'll definitely notice something new at the Smoothie King Center this season.

The new video boards in the Smoothie King Center, which are being funded by the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District (the Superdome board) through SMG, replace the ones from when New Orleans Arena opened in 1998. They also will be high-definition and could extend from foul line to foul line.

The upgrades are part of a larger announcement made this past April that revealed new, larger video boards for both the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center.

The new boards are the most notable features of a joint $39.5 million investment in upgrades coming over the next two years.

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson provided the bulk of the funding — $25 million — with $6 million coming from Louisiana’s Capital Outlay budget (subject to legislative approval) and $5 million from SMG.

The Pelicans' one and only preseason home game is Friday. Their home opener is

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