The Smoothie King Center is home to the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans. The arena began holding events in 1999 after about four years of construction. The official seating capacity is 17,805 for concerts with a little less than 17,000 seats available for basketball and arena football games. As a multipurpose indoor arena, the Smoothie King Center's layout is customizable. While performing concerts, some musical performers only use half the arena while others use either the end-stage or center-stage to accommodate larger audiences. The Smoothie King Center is also used for trade shows and conventions. The State of Louisiana owns the center, and the SMG Corporation runs it. The venue has hosted several NBA All-Star games, NCAA tournament matchups, women's basketball Final Fours, MMA and WWE events and PBR tour events. Get the best tickets for Smoothie King Center events at StubHub.
Are there parking lots on-site?
SMG operates seven garages and two open-air lots near the Smoothie King Center, combining to provide parking for approximately 7,000 vehicles. In the surrounding neighborhood, there may be other parking facilities and metered spots available.
How is the Smoothie King Center seating arranged?
The arena has an upper level and a lower level. In the lower level, there are Club Level seats located on either side of the court with the other seats radiating outward behind each basketball hoop. There are floor seats as well. For concerts and events, there are several different possibilities in terms of seating, many of which include many floor seats near the stage.
What are the public transportation options for the Smoothie King Center?
Since the arena is situated near the center of New Orleans, taking public transportation can be convenient. There is a stop directly across the neighboring Superdome on Poydras Street. Streetcars and buses run along or near Loyola Avenue. From here, it's just a short walk to the arena. Those coming from farther away might consider taking a train to the nearby Union Passenger Terminal.
Is the Smoothie King Center child-friendly?
For many events, including basketball games, children are welcome. Guests may bring strollers into the arena, and they can even keep strollers with them if they don't block any walkways or sightlines. If preferred, strollers can be checked into the Guest Services Booth near Section 108.
What are the types of food and drink served at the venue?
As the name of the center might suggest, smoothies are available at the Smoothie King locations in the arena. Alcoholic daiquiris are also sold in the arena along with draft beer, draft beer, wine and cocktails. There also is a wide range of food available. Snacks include nachos, popcorn, chips and pretzels. More hearty fare includes smoked sausage, chicken and rice bowls, pizza, mac and cheese, burgers, shrimp and catfish po'boys and blackened chicken alfredo pasta.Back to Top