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But Hornets logos have begun to spring up inside and outside of the arena.

“It’s been well worth it,” Whitfield said. “And it couldn’t have happened without the financial commitment of our owner.”

The Hornets unveiled their new logos in December.

They’ll unveil their new uniforms on June 19 and the playing floor design on June 26. The Hornets‘ name will return to NBA action at the 2014 Summer League in Las Vegas.

The popular Hugo the Hornet mascot will make his official return on June 5.

Pete Guelli, the team’s executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, said fans have embraced the name change.

He said 90 percent of last year’s season ticket holders have renewed for the 2014-15 season. He also said the Hornets are currently No. 1 in the league for new season tickets sales.