Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Updated: September 19, 4:06 PM ET
Louisiana Superdome New Orleans
By Tony Guadagnoli and Ron Berler
Special to ESPN SportsTravel
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WEEK 1: TENNESSEE AT NEW ORLEANS; SEPT. 24, 8:30 p.m. ET
• Stadium name: Louisiana Superdome
• Address: 1500 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70112
• Capacity: 72,003
• Opened: 1975
• Surface: Turf
• Distance from downtown: The stadium is located in the Central Business District.
Web site: Stadium | Directions
• Parking: General stadium parking is $25. Web site
• Alternative transportation options: Its central location makes the Superdome within walking distance of downtown hotels. Fans can hop a city bus from the French Quarter. More information can be found from the New Orleans Regional Transportation Authority. Web site
• Unique stadium features: The Superdome is the largest indoor facility in the country for football and the largest steel-constructed venue with 20,000 tons. While it may be boring to look at, the inside is enormous and remember you are one mile from the French Quarter. The Saints Hall of Fame (415 Williams Blvd., in the Rivertown section of Kenner, La., west of New Orleans, Web site), honors the team with busts and paintings of the 33 inductees, exhibits, memorabilia and videos. It's really quite impressive, especially considering the team has never reached the Super Bowl.
• W-L records on Monday night:
Tennessee: 17-15 (Most recent appearance: lost to Kansas City 49-38, Dec. 13, 2004)
New Orleans: 7-15 (Most recent appearance: Defeated Atlanta 23-3, Sept. 25, 2006)
• Biggest events held at stadium: Start with six Super Bowls (2002, 1997, 1990, 1986, 1981, 1978). The Superdome also has hosted four NCAA Final Fours in men's basketball (2003, 1993, 1987, 1982). Site of annual Sugar Bowl. Holds the national record for basketball attendance at the NCAA Final Four (64,659 in 1987) and for regular season (68,112 in 1990). Also holds the national record for NCAA college baseball attendance (25,151 in 2002).
• Stadium tour info: None available.
• StubHub! tickets: Web site
For more information call the Saints ticket hot line at 504-731-1700. Ticket-office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Web site
FOOD & DRINK
• Food options inside the stadium: The signature dish is red beans and rice with sausage, but the Creole jambalaya and gumbo ya ya (gumbo with chicken, sausage and seafood) are just as good.
• Tailgating scene outside the stadium: Well, no real presence, since tailgating is not allowed.
• Beer selection/prices: Aside from Bud, Coors and Miller products, you'll find local brews such as Abita, as well as imports including Heineken and Corona. Bud Lite, Coors Lite, Heineken, Michelob and Newcastle are available on draft. All beers cost $6.
• Selected New Orleans-area restaurants and sports bars:
The Rib Room
621 St. Louis St. (French Quarter)
New Orleans, LA 70140
Located inside the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, the Rib Room serves prime rib, beef specialties, fowl and seafood prepared on giant French rotisseries and mesquite grills.
Commander's Palace (Garden District)
1403 Washington Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Named the country's best restaurant in the past, Commander's Palace had none other than Emeril Lagasse as the head chef from 1982 until 1990. Reservations and a dress code are highly recommended.
Allegro Bistro (Central Business District)
1100 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70163
Adjacent to the Superdome, offering contemporary, Cajun and Creole dishes.
Johnny White's Sports Bar (French Quarter)
720 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
OK. It's in the French Quarter, near street performers, likes its local sports heroes, and oh yeah it never closes. Even when Hurricane Katrina hit this cozy corner bar stayed open.