The New Orleans Pelicans are an American professional basketball team based in New Orleans. The Pelicans compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays their home games in the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans were established as the New Orleans Hornets in 2002, and relocated to New Orleans. In 2013, the franchise announced it would rename itself the Pelicans, effective at the end of the season.