Smoothie King Center

Multi-purpose indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Smoothie King Center is located in New Orleans
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Smoothie King Center is located in Louisiana
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Former namesNew Orleans Arena (1999–2014)
Address1501 Dave Dixon Drive
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
Coordinates29°56′56″N 90°4′55″W / 29.94889°N 90.08194°W / 29.94889; -90.08194Coordinates: 29°56′56″N 90°4′55″W / 29.94889°N 90.08194°W / 29.94889; -90.08194
Public transitHeritage streetcar   Poydras Street
Amtrak Greyhound Lines New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
OwnerLouisiana Stadium and Exposition District (The State of Louisiana)
OperatorSMG
CapacityConcerts: 17,805
NBA Basketball: 16,867[1]
College basketball/NBA playoff games: 18,500
Arena Football/Hockey: 16,900
Construction
Broke groundNovember 30, 1995[2]
OpenedOctober 29, 1999[8]
Construction costUS$114 million
($175 million in 2019 dollars[3])
ArchitectArthur Q. Davis and Partners
Billes-Manning Architects
Hewitt Washington and Associates
Project managerCS Associates[4]
Structural engineerWalter P Moore[5]
Services engineerSmith Seckman Reid, Inc.[6]
General contractorManhattan[7]/Gibbs[5]
Tenants
New Orleans Brass (ECHL) (1999–2002)
New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (NBA) (2002–2005, 2007–present)
New Orleans VooDoo (AFL) (2004–2005, 2007–2008, 2011–2015)

The Smoothie King Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is located in the city's Central Business District, adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The arena opened in 1999 as New Orleans Arena and has been home to the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 2002.[9] The New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League played their home games in the arena from 2004 until the team disbanded in 2008. The VooDoo resumed play at the arena in March 2011, until after the 2015 AFL season when the franchise folded.

  1. ^ "2014-2015 New Orleans Pelicans Media Guide" (PDF). National Basketball Association. October 13, 2014. p. 7. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  2. ^ Waddell, Ray (December 18, 1995). "Construction Begins on Superdome's Sister Venue: New Orleans Sports Arena". Amusement Business. Archived from the original on November 3, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "CM Jobs". CS Associates. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "New Orleans Arena". Emporis. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  6. ^ "The New Orleans Arena". Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. Archived from the original on March 8, 2004. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  7. ^ "New Orleans Sports Arena". Manhattan Construction Group. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  8. ^ Smith, Jimmy (October 29, 2009). "New Orleans Arena, in Its 10th Year, Took Wheeling and Dealing to Come to Fruition". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  9. ^ "Pelicans uniting with Smoothie King". ESPN. February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.

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