Mercedes Benz Superdome & Smoothie King Center – Safety Advice

Learn how to stay safe when visiting the Mercedes Benz Superdome – New Orleans’ premier indoor stadium and home to NFL team New Orleans Saints.

Completed in 1975 and then known as the Louisiana Superdome, this impressive wholly enclosed structure has a capacity for over 76,000 spectators.  It has hosted many sporting events and is sometime host of WWE Wrestlemania. The stadium is situated near the elevated Interstate, on the periphery of the Central Business District (CBD) at the north of Poydras Street and is a 15/20 minute walk from most of the hotels in the Safer Zone.  The Superdome adjoins the Smoothie King Center.

Walking to an event at either the Superdome or Smoothie King Center is perfectly safe on a weekday, during daylight hours. However, do remember that the streets in the CBD quickly become empty after businesses close on weekdays – and also they are pretty empty over the weekend.  If venturing to either venue – after weekday business hours – or at weekends – its always safer to take a taxi or call an Uber ride.

Leaving these venues immediately after a major event on foot is however safe, even after dark, as thousands of fans spill-out onto Poydras Street, headed back to the French Quarter, or the hotels in the Safer Zone.  Stay with the crowds and you can walk back to your Safer Zone hotel – or the bars and restaurants in safety.  If you prefer – you can hail a taxi or order an Uber ride – but these tend to be difficult to find at the peak-times when everyone is exiting the stadia.

Top Tip – Always book your tickets for events at either the Superdome or Smoothie King Center in advance, from either the venues directly – or their preferred partners – such as ticketmaster. Avoid buying tickets on re-sale websites – which will charge premium prices and may not offer genuine tickets.  Never buy tickets from the ticket-touts who hover around the venues, as you are going to be ripped-off with either worthless forgeries – or photocopies of unusable on-line vouchers.

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