While there’s no place like the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on game day, tailgating in this great city is a party all its own. If you can't make it to the game, here are some places you can go to watch the Saints where fun groups of people gather and enjoy the outdoors and New Orleans’ famous conviviality.
This 60,000-square-foot outdoor plaza right outside the Superdome can accommodate as many as 8,000 fans. During home games, you can view the action on large-screen TVs, get your fill of great food and beverages from some of New Orleans' most renowned restaurants and caterers, and enjoy convenient bathroom access. There are even live, pre-game concerts. There are two clubs right off Champions Square with food and drink specials in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Wherever you walk in New Orleans on game day, the sounds of the game can be heard pouring into the street. Watching the game is more fun with like-minded fans. And the New Orleans style bar food and cold beer on tap is just lagniappe (New Orleans speak for "something extra").
Remember when tailgating meant simply lowering the back of your station wagon or pickup truck, setting up a small portable TV and pulling out an ice chest filled with beer and fried chicken? We’ve come a long way since those days.
Today, tailgating is an art perfected by those who take their fandom seriously. Pickup trucks and station wagons are still out there, but, these days, it's more common to see people hanging out around camper-type vehicles, dressed in all variety of Saints wear, grilling on the latest innovations while the game plays on hi-res screens.
You’ll find a number of parking lots along Loyola Avenue, South Rampart Street and on several side streets in the vicinity of the Superdome. The general rule of thumb for finding a space is “first-come, first served,” which means you better start looking for a place to set up early. If you are parking a vehicle, we suggest you get there the afternoon or night before the game and be prepared to pay a "Special Event" rate. Keep in mind covered lots do not allow grilling.
Most parking lots do not take advance reservations for standard-size vehicles, but reservations may be required for buses, campers and RVs (anything that takes up more than one parking space.) At some lots, payment must be made in advance.