Last updated on November 27th, 2023 at 12:23 pm
Smoothie King Center is home to the NBA New Orleans Pelicans team. The arena’s address, out in the French District, is at 1501 Dave Dixon Dr, New Orleans, LA 70113. In addition to basketball games, you will find many concerts and events year-round at the venue.
Here is the complete Smoothie King Center Parking guide for your next event!
Official Parking around Smoothie King Center
There are several parking lots that surround the venue to use for a game or concert. The garages that are nearby include 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 5, 6, and the Champions Garage. You can click on this link to see the Smoothie King Center parking map to see where each of these lots are. Also, be sure to visit the official parking page of Smoothie King Center for the most up to date information on lot closures, road construction, etc.
My Recommendation on Parking + Experience with SpotHero
I’ve been using SpotHero for years to save money on parking when I travel to different venues. SpotHero has unofficial parking options that are bit outside where the venue is, which is why the price is so much cheaper than what is next to the arena. From my experience, I tend to save about 30% on parking when I use this service overpaying to park directly next to the arena. If you are looking for ways to save money and don’t mind walking ten minutes to the arena, consider using this service above.
Also, my other tip is to reserve parking that is a few blocks away from the arena, if possible. I recommend doing this because there can be an event next-door, which can cause serious traffic congestion on the roads. By parking a few blocks away, you don’t have to worry about that issue.
Smoothie King Center Handicap Parking Spots
Fans looking for accessible parking spots can use lot Lot 3, which is next to LaRouge Street, at the venue. Additional accessible parking spaces are in the ASM Global Complex garages next to the arena. In addition to ADA parking, fans can use LeRouge Street for pick up and drop offs for guests.
Can you Tailgate in the Parking Lots?
There is no tailgating in the parking lots at the stadium, but there are plenty of bars nearby to visit before or after a game. Some bars include Dave and Busters, Cellular Door, The Revolution, and Bar Marilou.
Also, be sure to check out the Smoothie King Center Food guide before heading to the stadium. Along with that, visit the Smoothie King Center Bag Policy Guide to see what bags can come into the arena.
Should I Take Public Transportation?
There are a few ways to move around downtown New Orleans via public transportation to get to and from the venue. The Streetcar is a popular public transportation choice and will drop you off near the site. Fans can also take the bus lines 11,16, 202, 91 to get to the arena.
Finally, fans can use Uber and Lyft to get to and from the arena.
Greg Kristan, owner of The Stadium Reviews, LLC and TM Blast, LLC, brings his extensive experience visiting over half of the MLB ballparks, along with numerous MLS, NHL, NBA, and NFL venues, to provide in-depth coverage on the bag policy, food options, and parking. He has also been interviewed about his experiences on several sports podcasts.