New Orleans for Sports Fans

“Who dat?” It’s a familiar refrain around New Orleans come football season. It bubbles out of bars, spills from open windows and echoes through the streets. “Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?”

New Orleans Saints fans are called the Who Dat Nation for good reason: We love a good game … even the not-so-good ones. Sure, our passion for the 2010 Super Bowl champs borders on obsession, but we’re equally fond of the Pelicans (the city’s NBA team), the Zyphers (our AAA baseball league) and local collegiate teams (Tulane, Louisiana State University). What else would you expect in a state dubbed the “Sportsman’s Paradise”?

Who dat say dey wanna catch the NOLA team spirit?

Champions Square

This open-air venue, adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, boasts 45,000 sq. ft. and state-of-the-art technology. The space plays host to free fan fests during New Orleans Saints home games and numerous concerts throughout the year.

City Park

Abundant live oaks provide a lush canopy for this 1,300-acre outdoor oasis, larger even than New York’s Central Park.


Fittingly within walking distance of the Superdome, this popular game-day gathering ground is part restaurant, part sports bar and all fun. Looking for a rowdy atmosphere with self-serve taps in which to watch the game? You’ve found it.


The fun, casual menu at former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning’s sports-themed restaurant puts fresh spins on tailgating classics. Chicken wings with a trio of sauces, alligator sausage po’ boys, crawfish etouffee fries—one of everything, please. L, D (daily).

Saints Team Shop

Who Dat Nation central. This shop bleeds black and gold with everything New Orleans Saints-related. The Superdome shop is open M-Sa and on game-day Sundays; airport shop is open daily.    

Bourbon Street

New Orleans’ most famous street wasn’t named for the libation poured in its taverns, but for the French royal family, specifically the Duke of Bourbon.