Hawks to debut new home duds, redesigned court in preseason opener

Hawks forward Al Horford (per-game averages of 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds for the 2013-14 campaign) is happy to return to the court, after missing the final four months of last season with a shoulder injury.

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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks aren’t waiting for the regular season to launch the many changes at Philips Arena.

For their preseason opener Monday against the New Orleans Pelicans, the club will debut its new home uniforms, along with a redesigned and more aesthetically pleasing hardwood court.

The new home uniform consists of a white jersey with "Atlanta" stitched in block-style blue letters with red trim — a departure from the most recent jersey, which displayed "Hawks" across the front.

The white "home" shorts will feature a new secondary logo, an updated version from the "Pac-Man"-style logo of years past.

The logo is found at the bottom of the left leg, a change from the Hawks head logo found on the bottom of the right leg of previous shorts.

The red-and-white "Pac-Man" logo also appears at midcourt on the redesigned floor at Philips Arena. The playing surface will be surrounded by an apron in the color of Hawks blue.

The apron displays "Atlanta Hawks" painted in white block-style letters, with red trim along both baselines.

The Hawks will also include the brandings for their website (Hawks.com) and Twitter/Instagram handles (@ATLHawks) on the sideline opposite both team benches.

New red free throw lanes, without traditional lane markings, leave the secondary logo as the focus of the court.

The Hawks will see changes to their blue road uniform and red alternate uniform, in addition to their home white ensemble.

Each pair of shorts will feature the secondary logo on the left leg, while each jersey will have a gold tab in the neckline to honor the 1958 NBA Champion St. Louis Hawks.

(Hawks.com contributed to this report.)