The New Orleans Pelicans are one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA, and this is primarily due to the play of the franchise star Anthony Davis. Because of the consistently incredible basketball performances by this talented young man, more and more visitors to the Big Easy are taking in a basketball game as a part of their visit to New Orleans. If you are planning on catching a game during your stay in NOLA, here’s all the info you need to know before heading to the arena while staying at Best Western Bayou Inn just across the river in Westwego.

Where’s The Arena?

The New Orleans Pelicans play in the Smoothie King Center, which is located in the Central Business District of the city, adjacent to the iconic Superdome. Completed in 1999, the arena seats nearly 17,000 fans for basketball games. In addition to hosting the Pelicans home games, the Smoothie King Center is also the home of the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League. The arena itself underwent a massive renovation in 2013 that included expanding the suite and club levels while also introducing upgraded concessions, new LED scoreboards, and as well as plenty of other amenities to be enjoyed the visitors.

Who’s The Coach?

The current coach for the Pelicans is Alvin Gentry. He previously coached for the Phoenix Suns where he reached a career high of 54 wins in 2009. Gentry is one of the many coaches who got their start being an assistant for basketball coaching legend Gregg Popovich.

Who’s The Mascot?

Pierre the Pelican is the official mascot of the team, and he made his debut on the home court during the 2013 season. Previously, the Pelicans were known as the New Orleans Hornets after relocating from Charlotte; the mascot from 2002 through 2013 was Hugo the Hornet. However, when Charlotte regained the name of the Hornets, Hugo also returned to North Carolina.

Who’s On The Team?

In addition to All Star starting forward Anthony Davis, the Pelicans have a host of young talent which makes them a fun attraction to New Orleans tourists and locals alike. Tim Fraizer and Buddy Hield are exciting young guards with the potential to light up the scoreboard while Omer Asik and Terrence Jones provide support to Davis in the front court. The Pelicans have an outside shot at making the playoffs, but they face tough competition playing in the Western Conference as they face teams such as the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, two of the best basketball teams in the game today.

Where To Stay

When visiting New Orleans to catch a basketball game, you may want to consider staying just outside of downtown in Westwego. Located less than 15 miles from the city, Westwego is a quieter option than the hustle and bustle of downtown which makes relaxing in New Orleans a true possibility. To book a hotel reservation, call Best Western Bayou Inn at (504) 304-7980 or contact us online to book a room today.