Mavericks ready for 2nd season in Port City

By Marquel Sennet |

Published 04/15 2014 10:33PM

Updated 02/12 2015 11:29AM

Three professional sports teams have left Shreveport after major successes on the field. Supporters hope the national champion Mavericks will break that record.

The team will be back for another season and they want Shreveport-Bossier to be their permanent home.

Chris Giordano says, “Being the first year they knew they were going to go through some growing pains."

Team officials say the average attendance for regular season games was about 400 people. Those numbers have been disputed but all can agree the number of fans in the stands increased as the season progressed.

In the future city officials hope the Mavericks will bring tourism dollars to the area.

Chris Jay with the Shreveport Bossier Tourist Bureau believes this area needs professional sports.

According to Giordano the arrival of the Mavs started a new era for the Hirsch Coliseum. Jerry Nelson the team's owner is trying to bring more events to the arena.

Giordono says, "It's bringing in some new business back to the building and new excitement to the building. It's a great venue where all the seats are close to the action."

With recent renovations the Hirsch is ready for the Maverick's second season.

Jay says, “We’ve got to be willing to say you know what I'm going to go out and root for this team, regardless of what's happened in the past."

Just to give you some background on the team. They were in Beaumont, Texas before moving to Shreveport. In Beaumont they won two championships but only remained in the city for four years.

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