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New Orleans Game Day Itinerary

Fall in New Orleans means a few things to locals. First, it’s finally cooling down, so it’s time to dine outdoors, drink outdoors, and take advantage of fall festivals. Next, it’s officially Saints season. Whether you’re visiting New Orleans to attend a game, or you’re just in town on a day that the Saints happen to be playing, you’re bound to see black and gold attire across the city and hear a few “Who Dat!” chants.

Zack Smith
Saints Fans Tailgating

Do game day in New Orleans right with our guide. Here, find our best recs for an ultimate game day itinerary.

First things first: fuel up for the big day ahead

On the morning of a game day, you’ll need lots of energy. Choose a delicious and convenient spot Downtown near the Superdome, where you can be close to all the action. Willa Jean is known for breakfast and brunch: stop by for a coffee and a pastry or sit down and fuel up with their decadent meals. You can also grab a to-go frosé or cocktail here! 

Cheryl Gerber
Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar

Gather your group and head to a sports bar

It’s time for the pre-game, which  means drinks and big-screen TV’s. Walk-On’s is a game day favorite that’s close to the ‘dome, with tons of space and televisions for game-watching. Other sports bars all across the city host game day festivities too, so whether you’re Uptown or in the Bywater, expect a bar crowd with New Orleans pride and spirit.

Go Nola Video: New Orleans Sports Bars

Cheryl Gerber
Saints Gameday in Champions Square

Check out Champion’s Square

Champion’s Square, just outside of the Superdome, is a huge outdoor space that accommodates thousands of fans before games. There are drinks, food vendors, and sometimes even live music concerts, but most importantly, there’s the one-of-a-kind NOLA gameday spirit.  Near Champion’s Square, be sure to check out Club XLIV, a lounge with comfortable furniture, air-conditioning, TV’s, and a bar that is free and open to the public every Saints game day, three hours before kickoff!

Zack Smith
Saints Fans Tailgating

Participate in a tailgate

Tailgating in New Orleans is its own celebration, proving you don’t need tickets to the game to have a blast. If you’re traveling with a larger car/truck, head over to the area by South Rampart Street/Loyola Avenue near the Superdome and join the tailgate party with beers, grilling, and music. For a full guide to tailgating, see our guide here.

Cheryl Gerber
Saints Fans inside the Superdome

Head into the ‘dome

Game day in NOLA is a festive and prideful experience for locals and visitors with or without tickets. But everyone deserves a Saints game day experience in the Superdome at least once. Get ready for the most loyal (and crazily dressed) fans you’ve ever encountered and endless “Who Dats!”