Planning a Football Trip to New Orleans? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.
Football Trip to New Orleans – How to get to New Orleans & How to get around
Football Trip to New Orleans – Fly to New Orleans
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Directions from the Airport
Public mass transportation from the airport to downtown New Orleans is now easier than ever. Today, the Jefferson Transit Authority (JET) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) provide nine (9) daily departures to downtown New Orleans. Both utilize the bus stop located on the outer lanes of the second floor, outside the Concourse C Lobby Information Booth.
The Airport-Downtown Express (E2) Bus operated by JET is $2.00. The fare boxes will accept $1, $5, $10, $20 dollar bills and all U.S. coins.
The Airport-Downtown Express (E2) provides service from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner, down Airline Drive into New Orleans, which takes approximately fifty (50) minutes. For more information on public transit in the area, visit the Jefferson Transit website.
The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) provides the Airport Express (202) Bus with service to and from the Airport into New Orleans. Pick up locations for the Airport Express (202) Bus in New Orleans can be found at Elk Place at Cleveland and the Union Passenger Terminal Bus Bay 2 with transport to the Departures Level at the Airport Terminal and select trips to the new terminal construction site. The fare for this route is $1.50. For bus schedule information, pick up locations, and route information, please click here.
Taxis from the Airport
Uber and Lyft offers transportation services from the Airport. Passengers can meet their app-based ride service outside of the Ground Transportation Center located on the first floor of the Short-Term Parking Garage by crossing the pedestrian crosswalk located outside of Baggage Claim 6.
Taxi rides cost $36.00 from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) orFrench Quarter (west of Elysian Fields) for up to two (2) passengers. For three (3) or more passengers, the fare will be $15.00 per passenger. Taxis are required accept credit card payments.
Football Trip to New Orleans – Travel By Train
Amtrak offers routes to New Orleans from a number of cities across the country.
• City of New Orleans: Daily service originating in Chicago with stops in Carbondale, Ill., Memphis, Jackson, Miss., and small towns along the way. Amenities include: Checked Baggage Service, Lounge, Dinette, Cafe and Snack Cars, Dining Car. Click here for more information.
• Crescent: Daily service originating in New York City at Penn Station, with stops in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham, Meridian, Miss., and small towns along the way. Amenities include: Checked Baggage Service, Lounge, Dinette, Cafe and Snack Cars, Dining Car. Click here for more information.
• Sunset Limited: Departs 3 days a week from Los Angeles, with stops in Tucson, San Antonio and Houston and small towns along the way. Amenities include: Non-Smoking Policy, Checked Baggage Service, Lounge, Dinette, Cafe and Snack Cars, Dining Car. Click here for more information.
Football Trip to New Orleans – Travel Around New Orleans
Unless you’re planning extensive or far-flung explorations outside the major tourist zones (and, okay, we do recommend a few outlying destinations), you really don’t need to rent a car during your stay in New Orleans. The town is flat, ultra-picturesque, and made for walking; there are plenty of taxis (also Uber, Lyft, and pedicabs) and decent public transportation. Indeed, a streetcar ride is as much entertainment as a practical means of getting around. Meanwhile, driving and parking in the French Quarter can be a hassle. Many streets are narrow, potholed, crowded, and one-way. Outside the gridded Quarter, streets angle in logic-defying directions in attempt to align around the curvy Mississippi. Street parking is minimal and parking lots, including those at hotels, are fiendishly expensive.
Vintage streetcars built by Perley A. Thomas Company still run along a 6-mile crescent from Carondelet at Canal Street in the Central Business District through the oldest and most majestic section of Uptown New Orleans, around the Riverbend to Carrollton at Claiborne Avenue.
Swaying along St. Charles Avenue through a tunnel of Live Oaks, the streetcar passes dozens of antebellum mansions, Loyola and Tulane universities, breathtaking Audubon Park, and fine hotels, restaurants and bars.
The Canal Street Line – The red Canal Streetcar Line takes locals and tourists to work and play each day on a 5.5-mile route from the foot of Canal Street through the Central Business District and into the Mid-City area. The line ends at City Park Avenue at the historic cemeteries or “Cities of the Dead.” Get out and walk around. Some of the most interesting architecture in the city is right here.
The Riverfront Line – Six vintage red streetcars operate along the popular Riverfront line which will take you from the quaint shops of the French Market to the Aquarium of the Americas and beyond. Shopping, dining and sightseeing are just a streetcar ride away. The Riverfront Line also passes by the Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk, the shops at Canal Place, and Harrah’s Casino.
Football Trip to New Orleans – How to Get to the Match
The New Orleans Jesters are an American soccer team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 2003, the team plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.
Football Trip to New Orleans – The Stadium
Pan American Stadium is a 5,000 seat multi-purpose outdoor stadium, located in City Park, in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is used for soccer, football, lacrosse and rugby.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina flooded the stadium. It was renovated and re-opened in 2008. A FieldTurf playing surface was installed at the stadium, along with new bleachers, new press box, new scoreboard and renovated locker rooms. The renovations were provided in part by the National Football League Youth Football Fund on behalf of the New Orleans Saints.
Football Trip to New Orleans – Getting to the Stadium
City Park is about an hour’s travel from the French Quarter. From Canal at N.Peters you can get trolly bus number 48 to the Museum of Art. If you get off at the end of the line Museum of Art it’s a 20 minute walk of just over a mile to the stadium.
Football Trip to New Orleans – Getting Tickets
You can get tickets from the New Orleans Jesters website
Football Trip to New Orleans – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in America can be found our Planning a Football Trip to America page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to New Orleans – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to New Orleans – Where to stay
The French Quarter
Football Trip to New Orleans – What else to see & do
Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties.
French Quarter Walking Tour – you can find a number of free walking tours or you can wander round yourself using the easily available local maps or street maps. Take in the following key sights.
• Jackson Square
• St. Louis Cathedral
• The Cabildo
• Pirates Alley
• William Faulkner House
• Tennessee Williams House
• Bourbon Street
• Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is established as a premier destination for every type of event, and the grand structure builds on that legacy continually. From the biggest, most elaborate productions that thrill thousands to memorable intimate gatherings, the Superdome adapts and captivates. Located in the heart of the New Orleans Central Business District, the Superdome is among the most enviable venues in the nation. And with a stunning spot on the New Orleans skyline and its iconic design, the Superdome is one of America’s most recognizable landmarks. The NFL team New Orleans Saints play from September to December.
National WW2 Museum – The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it mean (945 Magazine St)
City Park – Stretched out over an incredibly vast 1,300 acres, City Park is one of the oldest in the country. Founded in 1854, the grassy oasis attracts millions of visitors every year – and for good reason, too.
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), New Orleans’ oldest fine arts institution and hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40000 objects.
Football Trip to New Orleans – Where to Drink
New Orleans is the home of fabled bars where the glasses come rinsed with history and garnished with legend. Some are celebrated for centuries like Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop on Bourbon Street – housed in a building older than the United States. Others are lauded for their locale – on Royal Street, the Hotel Monteleone’s revolving Carousel Bar delightfully spins customers in circles. So many have rich histories. A few win fame for the excellence of their bartenders like Arnaud’s French 75. Others, like Pat O’Brien’s or Esplanade Avenue’s Port of Call pour trademark drinks such as Monsoons or Hurricanes.
In the past few years several craft breweries have opened in neighborhoods as diverse as the Irish Channel, Lower Garden District and Mid-City. Most offer tasting rooms that complement the brewing operations, and some even pair beer with dining options. Here is a full list of New Ordleans MicroBreweries to explore.
The best dive bars in New Orleans are in residential neighborhoods and in buildings that could almost pass for abandoned. The decor is in the lowest of low key, and the vibe is rather other-worldly. Here is a fun list of New Orleans Dive Bars to explore.
Football Trip to New Orleans – Where to Eat
New Orleans is one of the culinary capitals of the U.S., with a cuisine entirely its own reflecting the city’s Cajun, Creole, and French roots. Here are the dishes you should try on your next trip (or three) to the Big Easy—and, more importantly, where to eat them.
Casamentos Restaurant – Louisiana oysters are some of the biggest, cleanest and cheapest bivalves in the country. Casamento’s casual white-tiled dining room is the perfect place to suck down some raw ones and indulge in an “oyster loaf,” which is similar to a po-boy, but served on buttery Texas toast instead of traditional French bread. You should know that it’s closed during the summer (sub-optimal oyster season) and doesn’t take reservations.
Acme Oyster House has been a prime French Quarter dining destination since its doors opened at the beginning of the 20th century. Props are also due to Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, which bills itself as the “Home of the Original Charbroiled Oyster.”
Popular fillings for these sandwiches, served on crusty French bread, include roast beef and fried seafood (typically shrimp); make sure to order yours ‘dressed’ with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayonnaise (onions are optional).
Johnny’s PO’Boys is the French Quarter’s quintessential old school New Orleans po-boy joint. There does tend to be a line, just not one that will lock you out of a temperature-controlled environment. (511 St. Louis St)
Big’ Killer Po-boys, 219 Dauphine St and the back of Erin Rose Bar, 811 Conti St
New Orleans’s signature pastry, the beignet, was first introduced to the city by the French immigrants who made up the city’s first European settlers. Each light, puffy treat is a fried fritter of yeasted dough, dusted with powdered sugar and best eaten fresh, with a cup of a coffee to wash it down (much like its stolid cousin, the old-fashioned doughnut).
Founded in 1862, Café Du Monde has been sating New Orleanians’ caffeine fix for three centuries. If you’re looking for delicious beignets, start here
Take their name from a round sesame bread loaf that was popular among the city’s Italian immigrants. The loaf is cut in half and layered with varying combinations of cold cuts and cheese (often salami, ham, mortadella, provolone, and mozzarella) and olive salad. When reassembled, the flavors blend together with the briny topping, the oil from which is absorbed into the bread.
Central Grocery, an old-school Italian grocer and deli in the French Quarter, claims that it’s home to the original muffuletta.
RED BEANS AND RICE
Mother’s has been serving NOLA specialties to generations of locals and visitors since 1938. Their red beans and rice comes in various configurations with a choice of side dishes, but is always cooked with smoked sausage and ham (‘Mother’s World’s Best Baked Ham,’ that is).
Gumbo is a Creole classic: It’s a stew often made with okra (as a thickener, though a roux or filé powder can also be used), chicken, cured pork products or seafood, and (usually) rice.
Arnaud’s had its 100th birthday in 2018 – which means this Creole palace has been serving outstanding chicken and andouille and seafood gumbo since the end of World War I. Always a pleasure to dine in one of the fabulous tiled dining rooms but choose the Jazz Bistro for live jazz as your gumbo soundtrack.
Galatoire’s, open since 1905. A duck and andouille gumbo, a simmered duck stock with a dark roux rich with sausage and shredded duck
Bon Ton’s old-school family recipe for seafood gumbo is one of the best in town. Gulf seafood in a cup that deserves a standing ovation. Enjoy a cup with fresh red fish Monday through Friday only, as this CBD institution is closed on weekends.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House was established in 1957 as a bar in New Orleans’ Historic Treme neighborhood. After a year, the bar was moved to it’s current location, which consisted of a bar, a barbershop and beauty salon in the front. In the early 1970’s, the beauty salon closed, which brought on the demand for a restaurant from Willie Mae’s bar customers. The aromas of Mississippi and Louisiana cuisine emanating from the kitchen filled the air and brought on constant demand for delicious food. Their demand was met and the rest is history. In 2005, Ms. Willie Mae Seaton was honored with the prestigious James Beard Award for “America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region.”
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