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Superdome from Hyatt Regency Rooftop
Superdome from Hyatt Regency Rooftop

Sport Venues in New Orleans

Crowds have always been drawn to New Orleans for sporting events. Though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome may be the most famous of New Orleans’ sporting venues, there are plenty other spaces, historic and modern, to catch the best action in sports.

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Built in 1975 and renovated in 2006, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome remains the most recognizable fixture on the New Orleans skyline. At 273 feet high, with a roof measuring 9.7 acres, the Dome has a seating capacity of 76,468. And here’s some fun trivia: The original turf for Superdome was called Mardi Grass.

In addition to being the home of the New Orleans Saints, the Dome has hosted Super Bowls, NCAA Men's Final Fours and college football national championship games.

In addition, the Dome excels in producing festivals, concerts, family shows, convention/trade shows, stage productions, exhibitions and nearly every type of mega-event. 

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Saints Game in the Superdome

Smoothie King Center

The state-of-the-art arena is now the proud home of the NBA New Orleans Pelicans and hosts more than 40 basketball games for the professional team each year. With seating capacity of up to 19,000 for concerts and 18,500 for basketball, the arena hosts concerts, festivals, circuses, ice shows, family attractions, meetings, banquets, receptions, trade shows, exhibits, Mardi Gras parties, special convention shows, private functions, and closed-circuit television presentations.

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Smoothie King Center

The Shrine on Airline

The Shrine on Airline, formerly Zephyr Field, where the New Orleans minor league baseball team calls home, has become a great spot for family entertainment. Along with the Triple-A Baby Cakes, numerous college and high school baseball games have been played here. Amenities include 16 VIP luxury suites, a swimming pool, two hot tubs, the Coors Light Party Shack and the Metairie Bank Home Run Porch.

Fair Grounds Race Course

The third oldest track in the country offers a wide selection of seating options, ranging from ultra-modern dining facilities in a glass-enclosed clubhouse – complete with video monitors at each table – to no-frills grandstand seating outdoors along with an oyster bar. The Fair Grounds is also the location of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest).

Yulman Stadium

With the opening of Yulman Stadium in 2014, Tulane football’s Greenwave have a place to call their own for the first time in nearly 40 years (previously the team played in the Superdome). The boutique on-campus stadium is nestled in the heart of Uptown. It seats 30,000 fans with ample room nearby for tailgating.

Sports Venues in New Orleans