20 years make the Zephyrs a New Orleans tradition.

The club opens its 20th season in the Crescent City Thursday night against Nashville. Game time 7:05.

The Zephyrs moved to New Orleans in 1993 from Denver. That was the year the Colorado Rockies began play in the National League. The Zephyrs played their first four seasons at UNO's Privateer Park. The club moved to Zephyr Field on Airline Drive in 1997.

The Zephyrs have a host of familiar faces. They include lefthanded pitcher Beau Jones of Destrehan high school. Jones signed as a free agent in November of last year. Jones was a three time Class 5A all state selection. "I was sitting down with my wife yesterday and said, I haven't had a summer home in eight years," said Jones. "Its going to be fun."

The Zephyrs also return Triple A all star outfielder Bryan Petersen and fellow outfielder Chris Aguila. Aguila has 53 homers as a Zephyr, three shy of the club record held by J.R. Phillips.

In 2011, the Zephyrs won 69, lost 74. They were never able to gain traction in the pennant race after a 10-18 mark in the month of June. The Zephyrs were 40-31 at home, 29-43 on the road.

New Orleans was 11th in the Pacific Coast League in attendance averaging 5,315 fans per game.