New Orleans Arena is the modern, indoor facility that is the home of the New Orleans Hornets and Tulane Green Wave. It is located in the Central Business District on Girod Street and is adjacent to the New Orleans Superdome. Besides being a popular venue for sporting events such as the NBA All-Star Game (which was held at the arena in 2008), it is also the place to see large shows including the biggest names from the world of music and entertainment in the city. New Orleans Arena events have included concerts by the likes of Celine Dion, Coldplay, Aerosmith, and Sting, to name just a few of the most notable acts.
You can get your New Orleans Arena tickets over the phone, online, or in person at the box office. It is not always a guarantee that you will be able to get tickets, especially in the case of the New Orleans Hornets when they play other big market teams with superstar players such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Tickets can also go quickly for big concerts as well, even though the New Orleans Arena seats approximately 17,000. The lesson is, if there is an event or game that you have your heart set on seeing, be sure to arrange for your tickets as soon as possible to guarantee availability and good seating.
The New Orleans Hornets have helped to rejuvenate the spirit of the city along with their sister team, the New Orleans Saints, especially in the wake of the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. This is more than evidenced in the way the city got behind their New Orleans Saints and celebrated in typical fashion when they brought home the Vince Lombardi Trophy as new Superbowl Champions in 2010. With young superstars like Chris Paul and David West, the New Orleans Hornets also hope to continue to improve and bring respectability to the city when it comes to a high-caliber basketball team. Hornets games are definitely the most consistently popular New Orleans Arena events.
One great thing about going to the arena for a night on the town is that you are well positioned in a great area that allows you to choose from a wide array of dining, drinking, and entertainment options before or after the game. The Central Business District plays host to some of the finest eateries, shops, and cafes in town, and the French Quarter and Garden District are within close proximity as well. Not every town has the luxury of having their sports teams’ arena and dome in such a vibrant part of the city. After an exciting Hornets game you can check out a jazz club or perhaps have a nice meal at one of the restaurants in the Garden District or Central Business District. The New Orleans Arena events calendar updates frequently so check in with regularity to stay informed on all of the exciting activities, concerts, and games.
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