(CBS) – The New Orleans Hornets have officially announced their new nickname, the Pelicans.

The change will officially take place following the 2012-13 season and will be accompanied by a red, blue and gold color scheme that will replace the current teal, purple and blue pattern.

“It was very important to me and our staff that we change the name of this club to something that represented New Orleans, Louisiana,” owner Tom Benson said in a promotional video. “We worked on it. It wasn’t something that just came out of the blue, overnight. We worked on it for a long period of time. You just can’t have a better name for Louisiana and New Orleans than the Pelican. It’s the perfect representative.”

Louisiana is known as the “Pelican State.”

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