Smoothie King Center

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Smoothie King Center
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The Smoothie King Center in April 2014
The Smoothie King Center in April 2014
Earlier names

New Orleans Arena (1999-2014)

place 1501 Girod Street, New Orleans , Louisiana 70113
United StatesUnited States 
Coordinates 29 ° 56 '56.2 "  N , 90 ° 4' 55.8"  W Coordinates: 29 ° 56 '56.2 "  N , 90 ° 4' 55.8"  W.
owner State of Louisiana
operator SMG
start of building November 30, 1995
opening October 19, 1999
surface Concrete
costs 114 million US dollars
architect Arthur Q. Davis and Partners
Billes-Manning Architects
Hewitt Washington and Associates
capacity 16,867 seats (NBA basketball)
16,867 seats (ice hockey)
16,900 seats (arena football)
17,805 seats (concert)
18,500 seats (NBA playoffs)
18,500 seats (college basketball)

The Smoothie King Center is a multi-purpose arena in the US city ​​of New Orleans in the state of Louisiana . It is located in the city's central business district, next to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome .


The arena has been home to the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA since 2002 . The Tulane Green Wave basketball team at Tulane University also uses the arena for their games. It is also used for high school basketball games and other events. The now dissolved ECHL club New Orleans Brass played in the New Orleans Arena for their last three seasons before it ended in 2002. From 2004 to 2008 and from 2011 to 2015, New Orleans VooDoo , a team of the Arena Football League , played their home games in the arena out.

The arena was in 1999 for 114 million US dollars have been built and the Manhattan Construction Group officially opened on 19 October 1999th New Orleans Brass was the main tenant for the first three years. The arena offers a maximum of 18,500 seats for various events such as a. Basketball , arena football or concerts and also offers 56 luxury suites. 4,600 parking spaces are available on the site of the neighboring Superdome. The arena is also used for concerts .

It was the venue for the ArenaBowl XXI 2007. The NBA All-Star Game 2008 and the ArenaBowl XXII in July 2008 will also take place here. The ArenaBowl XXV will be held for the third time in the arena in August 2012. In 2014 and 2017 the NBA All-Star Game made another stop in the New Orleans arena.

In addition, here were wrestling events Select the Associations WWE , WWF and WCW instead.

At the beginning of February 2014, the name change of the arena was announced after almost eleven years of searching for a sponsor. The company Smoothie King , the u. a. sold mixed fruit juices, became the name sponsor of the Pelicans venue for ten years with an option for ten more years.

Hurricane Katrina

After Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, medical care that was previously housed in the Superdome was moved to the arena. Medical personnel faced poor lighting, leaky ceilings, and damp carpets in one area of ​​the Superdome. The arena, the statics of which had been checked in 1996 by CPP, a consultancy for wind technology, survived the hurricane far better than the Superdome. Unlike the Superdome, the arena was also able to reopen a month after the storm.


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Web links

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