With NBA All-Star 2014 several months away, we thought now would be a great time to get to know the court that will be hosting the star studded weekend! Get ready to explore the New Orleans Arena and home of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.
Location: 1501 Girod Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
Opened: October 29, 1999
Cost: $114 million
Fun Facts: City hosting NBA All-Star Game for the 2nd time, first in 2008.
Home of the New Orleans Pelicans (formerly New Orleans Hornets) since 2002
New Orleans features an array of amenities including a Capital One Lounge area with Patio on the ground level, 56 suites and several club areas including the Hub Club, North Club and South Club. The arena is capable of holding up to 18,500 fans per game, but typically holds 17,188 during New Orleans Pelicans game.
This makes the New Orleans Arena one of the smallest arenas to host the game. For 2014 NBA All-Star game enthusiasts this means planning to purchase soon, as this smaller venue is sure to sell out early.
The arena itself offers a variety of food concessions including traditional and classic stadium foods to local NOLA favorites. Specialty foods are available at The Louisiana Lagniappe stand, Centerplate, Half Court Grill and Louisiana Seafood. More conventional options such as Domino’s Pizza and hot dog vendors are located in the arena as well.
Of course, the city of New Orleans is renowned for its tasty and unique dishes, all of which can be enjoyed by taking a stroll to a nearby restaurant. Whether you’re craving gumbo or a po-boy, some crawfish or beignets, many of these dishes can be found at local eateries. Stayed tuned as we will be bringing you a complimentary guide to New Orleans in months to come.
In 2006, the arena installed an LED centerhung video and scoring system. The video is made up of two ring displays and eight video displays, as well as scoreboards. This installation is fully integrated with the more than 875 feet of ribbon display technology that was installed in the arena in 2002. Also, in the summer of 2008, the arena installed new transparent shot clocks.
What does this mean for fans attending the 2014 NBA All-Star Game? You can see the action from anywhere!
Around the dome is Champions Square. Champions Square is a giant outdoor plaza connected to the Superdome. This plaza measures at about 121,000 square feet and is open to only pedestrian traffic. With loads of tents, food options and music, Champions Square turns into a huge outdoor festival before games!The arena is neighbor to one of the most famous stadiums in the world: the Mercedes Benz Superdome. This dome is home to the New Orleans Saints and has hosted seven NFL Super Bowls including the most recent, 2013 Super Bowl.
After the Game
The arena lives just a hop, skip and a jump away from the historic French Quarter. This National Historic Landmark is the home of Jackson Square, the French Market, St Louis Cathedral, and famed Bourbon Street. The French Quarter is popular among architectural enthusiasts, foodies and history buffs as its origins date back to 1718.
The city of New Orleans itself holds a bevvy of activities for every interest, including museums, art galleries, breweries, parks and unconventional fun in the form of river boating, swamp tours and more. It has been ranked as one of the friendliest cities in the U.S. and is also home to Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras.
With all of this fun to be had in and outside of the New Orleans Arena be sure to book early so you don't miss out! What are you most looking forward to doing in and around the arena?