The New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night made official that they would hold their training camp at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., where the New Orleans Saints also train.
The camp will run Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, with the team playing at the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 3 to begin its preseason schedule, according to a source. The team will hold its media day on Sept. 28 before leaving.
The Pelicans last held a training camp outside of the New Orleans area in 2009 in Lafayette.
The Saints are in the second year at The Greenbrier.
The Pelicans and Saints share ownership and a training complex in Metairie.
“We believe The Greenbrier will provide an excellent environment for the Pelicans to prepare for the upcoming season,” Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps said. “This is the ideal place for our coaches and players to focus on basketball as they bond and learn about each other.”
The move had been expected, with the announcement making the decision official.
“When Dell and I visited The Greenbrier last week, I was blown away by their first-class facilities, amenities and staff,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said in a statement. “The Greenbrier provides all the accommodations we need to have a productive training camp and also gives our players a great opportunity to grow closer together off the court. We can’t wait to bring our team there and get ready for the upcoming season.”
The Greenbrier doesn’t currently contain a basketball facility, but sources said the long-term plan is to add courts and goals into the indoor tennis structure.