The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association. The team is located in New Orleans, Louisiana and play their home games at the New Orleans Arena. The New Orleans Arena has a capacity of 18,500 and opened in 1999. The team plays in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference and is currently coached by Monty Williams. The team was founded in 1988 as the Charlotte Hornets before moving to New Orleans for the start of the 2002 season. Between 2005 and 2007, the team bounced between New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Oklahoma City because of the effects of Hurricane Katrina on both the city of New Orleans and New Orleans Arena.