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Smoothie King Center Timelapse 3/19/15 - 3/28/15
Smoothie King Center Timelapse 3/19/15 - 3/28/15
Published: 2015/03/31
Channel: Smoothie King Center
360° Video || Walking around the Smoothie King  Center @ New Orleans, LA
360° Video || Walking around the Smoothie King Center @ New Orleans, LA
Published: 2016/12/22
Channel: Life Of Mayo
Smoothie King Center Renovations - New Orleans, Louisiana
Smoothie King Center Renovations - New Orleans, Louisiana
Published: 2014/10/29
Channel: DLClarkJr
VirtualStadiumTour (NBA) - Smoothie King Center (New Orleans Pelicans)
VirtualStadiumTour (NBA) - Smoothie King Center (New Orleans Pelicans)
Published: 2016/10/14
Channel: VirtualStadiumTours
Smoothie King Center Panorama
Smoothie King Center Panorama
Published: 2016/12/13
Channel: Paul Baker
Phoenix Suns @ New Orleans Pelicans / April 9, 2014 / Smoothie King Center, Section 111
Phoenix Suns @ New Orleans Pelicans / April 9, 2014 / Smoothie King Center, Section 111
Published: 2014/09/16
Channel: Lala4674
The Dome & The Arena!
The Dome & The Arena!
Published: 2015/01/20
Channel: Richard Hages
Roger Waters - Time | Live at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans
Roger Waters - Time | Live at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans
Published: 2017/07/09
Channel: Bruce Alan Buchert
Journey/ The Opening/ NOLA 6-9-17
Journey/ The Opening/ NOLA 6-9-17
Published: 2017/06/11
Channel: Vince McConnell
Smoothie king center
Smoothie king center
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: Chuck Smith
New Orleans 3/2/17 smoothie king center
New Orleans 3/2/17 smoothie king center
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Dawn Vicknair
Flashmob New Orleans - Bruno Mars "Marry Me" Marriage Proposal @ Smoothie KIng Center New Orleans
Flashmob New Orleans - Bruno Mars "Marry Me" Marriage Proposal @ Smoothie KIng Center New Orleans
Published: 2017/05/20
Channel: KYNT
Pelicans Insider: New video board
Pelicans Insider: New video board
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: FOX Sports Southwest
Smoothie King Center
Smoothie King Center
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: GenrryVelez
JPSO assisting with security at Smoothie King Center
JPSO assisting with security at Smoothie King Center
Published: 2015/02/10
Channel: WDSU News
The New Day @ Raw Live in New Orleans from Smoothie King Center June 13, 2016
The New Day @ Raw Live in New Orleans from Smoothie King Center June 13, 2016
Published: 2016/07/16
Channel: Ian Butler
Maroon 5 sound-checks at Smoothie King Center
Maroon 5 sound-checks at Smoothie King Center
Published: 2016/09/06
Channel: NOLA.com
Tool Live at the Smoothie King Center (New Orleans)
Tool Live at the Smoothie King Center (New Orleans)
Published: 2016/02/01
Channel: Chris Conley
Mia Kylie National Anthem Smoothie King Center
Mia Kylie National Anthem Smoothie King Center
Published: 2015/12/27
Channel: Mia Kylie
Paul McCartney at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans - October 11, 2014.
Paul McCartney at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans - October 11, 2014.
Published: 2014/10/13
Channel: Michelle Dugas
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center - March 2nd 2017 - Guns For Hands
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center - March 2nd 2017 - Guns For Hands
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: DJ Dizzy Dave
On The Court At The Smoothie King Center
On The Court At The Smoothie King Center
Published: 2014/12/30
Channel: MackenzieAndWalshTV
Journey at the Smoothie King Center June 9, 2017 with Special Guest Asia
Journey at the Smoothie King Center June 9, 2017 with Special Guest Asia
Published: 2017/02/13
Channel: Smoothie King Center
Tool - Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, LA - January 31, 2016
Tool - Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, LA - January 31, 2016
Published: 2016/02/01
Channel: Jeffrey Ward
Comfortably Numb - Roger Waters Live at the Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, L
Comfortably Numb - Roger Waters Live at the Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, L
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Christopher Mullins
Neil Diamond - I Am, I Said | Live at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans
Neil Diamond - I Am, I Said | Live at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: Bruce Alan Buchert
Dark Necessities - Live Smoothie King Center New Orleans 2017 - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dark Necessities - Live Smoothie King Center New Orleans 2017 - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: Chili Peppers World
John Mayer live at Smoothie King Center 8/9/17
John Mayer live at Smoothie King Center 8/9/17
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: KYLE SHARAMITARO DRUM CHANNEL
Neil Diamond - Encore: Sweet Caroline | Live at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans
Neil Diamond - Encore: Sweet Caroline | Live at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: Bruce Alan Buchert
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: Jay F
WWE Monday night Raw opening smoothie king center
WWE Monday night Raw opening smoothie king center
Published: 2015/06/09
Channel: dashgaming123
NBA 2K16: New Orleans Pelicans MyLeague | Episode 12: Thriller At Smoothie King Center! (R2G2)
NBA 2K16: New Orleans Pelicans MyLeague | Episode 12: Thriller At Smoothie King Center! (R2G2)
Published: 2016/01/23
Channel: lowkeyFacts
Ode to Sleep-Twenty one pilots at the smoothie king center
Ode to Sleep-Twenty one pilots at the smoothie king center
Published: 2017/03/05
Channel: andrew fontenot
John Mayer, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, Smoothie King Center New Orleans 2017
John Mayer, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, Smoothie King Center New Orleans 2017
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: Foxtrot Charlie
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center - Heathens
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center - Heathens
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: DJ Dizzy Dave
Pelicans vs Lakers game April 2016 Smoothie King Center
Pelicans vs Lakers game April 2016 Smoothie King Center
Published: 2016/07/28
Channel: Trina Garland
Eric Church visits the Smoothie King Center
Eric Church visits the Smoothie King Center
Published: 2015/01/05
Channel: Smoothie King Center
Maroon 5 performs at the Smoothie King Center
Maroon 5 performs at the Smoothie King Center
Published: 2016/09/06
Channel: NOLA.com
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center - March 2nd 2017 - Heavy Dirty Soul
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center - March 2nd 2017 - Heavy Dirty Soul
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: DJ Dizzy Dave
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center - Josh Playing Drums in Crowd
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center - Josh Playing Drums in Crowd
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: Jay F
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center - March 2nd 2017 - Josh Playing Drums
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center - March 2nd 2017 - Josh Playing Drums
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: DJ Dizzy Dave
Wwe live at the smoothie king center the acensions
Wwe live at the smoothie king center the acensions
Published: 2015/01/14
Channel: violence peace And DA Beast
The birth of the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans
The birth of the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans
Published: 2016/02/06
Channel: Trew2theGame
New Kids on the Block fans at Smoothie King Center, May 15, 2015
New Kids on the Block fans at Smoothie King Center, May 15, 2015
Published: 2015/05/16
Channel: NOLA.com
Norco basketball team plays at the Smoothie King Center
Norco basketball team plays at the Smoothie King Center
Published: 2016/01/07
Channel: Carl Bordelon
WWE Raw Live in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center
WWE Raw Live in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center
Published: 2015/12/30
Channel: Smoothie King Center
Twenty one pilots Smoothie king center New Orleans
Twenty one pilots Smoothie king center New Orleans
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Kevin Gates
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center - March 2nd 2017
Twenty One Pilots - New Orleans - Smoothie King Center - March 2nd 2017
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: DJ Dizzy Dave
The Greatest - Sia Concert Live @ New Orleans, Smoothie King Center
The Greatest - Sia Concert Live @ New Orleans, Smoothie King Center
Published: 2016/11/06
Channel: Cesar Contreras
TwentyOnePilots @NOLA baby smoothie king center
TwentyOnePilots @NOLA baby smoothie king center
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Dawn Vicknair
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Smoothie King Center
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Former names New Orleans Arena (1999–2014)
Address 1501 Dave Dixon Drive
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Coordinates 29°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
Owner The State of Louisiana
Operator SMG
Capacity Concerts: 17,805
NBA Basketball/Hockey: 16,867[1]
College basketball/NBA playoff games: 18,500
Arena Football: 16,900
Construction
Broke ground November 30, 1995[2]
Opened October 29, 1999[8]
Construction cost US$114 million
($164 million in 2016 dollars[3])
Architect Arthur Q. Davis and Partners
Billes-Manning Architects
Hewitt Washington and Associates
Project manager CS Associates[4]
Structural engineer Walter P Moore[5]
Services engineer Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.[6]
General contractor Manhattan[7]/Gibbs[5]
Tenants
New Orleans Brass (ECHL) (1999–2002)
New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) (2002–present)
New Orleans VooDoo (AFL) (2004–2008, 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.

Arena information[edit]

The arena was completed in 1999 at a cost of $114 million and officially opened on October 19, 1999. The arena seats 17,805 for concerts, 16,867 for Pelicans games and hockey, 18,500 for basketball (Specifically College Basketball and New Orleans Pelicans Playoff Games).,[10] and 16,900 for arena football. It has 2,800 club seats and 56 luxury suites.

The arena as a concert venue can seat 7,500 for half-stage shows, 17,221 for end-stage shows and 17,805 for a center-stage shows. For trade shows and conventions the arena features 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) of space. The ceiling is 65 feet (20 m) to beam and roof, 70 feet (21.5 m) to the top of the arena.

History[edit]

Logo as New Orleans Arena, 1999–2014

In 1999, the arena's first tenant, the New Orleans Brass ice hockey team of the ECHL played their first home game in the arena. The team played in the arena their last three seasons. When the New Orleans Hornets arrived in 2002, they persuaded the state government to demand that the Brass foot the cost of converting the arena between basketball and hockey configurations. That expense was more than the Brass were willing to pay, and they were forced to fold due to the lack of another suitable arena.

The Hornets played their first game at the Smoothie King Center versus the Utah Jazz on October 30, 2002.

The New Orleans VooDoo, of the Arena Football League (AFL), began playing their home games in the arena starting in February 2004.

Following Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, medical operations that had previously been housed in the Superdome were moved to the Arena. Medical personnel had been working in an area of the Superdome with poor lighting, leaking ceilings and soggy carpet. The Arena's design was tested in 1996 by CPP, a wind engineering consulting firm, so it fared far better than the Superdome during the storm and was in better condition to house sensitive medical operations. Thus, unlike the Superdome, the Arena reopened to activities only one month after the storm. On March 8, 2006 the Hornets played their first home game at the arena since Hurricane Katrina and the start of the 2005–06 season. A sellout crowd of 17,744, watched the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Hornets, 113–107.

In 2006, the arena installed an LED centerhung video and scoring system from Daktronics out of Brookings, South Dakota. The centerhung installation is made up of two ring displays and eight video displays, as well as scoreboards. This installation is fully integrated with the more than 875 feet of ribbon display technology that was installed in the arena in 2002.[11] In the summer of 2008, new Daktronics "see through" shot clocks were installed, replacing the existing box units.

The New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League resumed play at the arena in March 2011.

In 2013, the arena underwent a significant upgrade. The 2013 renovations were primarily focused for the gameday experience inside the arena. These upgrades include updates to the Suites and Club Levels, expanding the Club Levels, Creating new Loge Boxes, and a new Party Perch. Other upgrades include upgraded concession stands, upgraded LED boards, and other in-house amenities for the teams and performers that use the arena.[12]

On February 5, 2014, it was announced that a 10-year agreement was reached to rename New Orleans Arena the Smoothie King Center prior to the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.[13][14][15]

In September and October 2014, exterior renovations were made to the Smoothie King Center, including new entrances, painting the center from bluish green to light gray, and a new outer LED lighting system similar to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome's own. However, some original plans, such as to add an overhang to the building, were cancelled.[16]

The Hornets/Pelicans have enjoyed a winning record of 298–236 (.558) in home games played at the New Orleans Arena/Smoothie King Center as of the conclusion of the 2016–17 season.

Seating capacity[edit]

The seating capacity for NBA basketball games has gone as followed:

Years Capacity
1999–2007 17,200[17]
2007–2013 17,188[18]
2013–2014 17,003[19]
2014–present 16,867[1]

Notable Events[edit]

Sports[edit]

NBA[edit]

Smoothie King Center has hosted the 2008 NBA All-Star Game,[20][21] the 2014 NBA All-Star Game,[22] and the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, after the NBA pulled the game from Charlotte's Spectrum Center due to North Carolina's "bathroom bill".

College Sports[edit]

In 2011, the arena hosted the Southeast Regional of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The arena also hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in 2007 and 2010.

The 2012 Southeastern Conference men's basketball tournament was held at the arena.

The arena hosted the 2004 Women's Final Four and 2013 Women's Final Four. It has also hosted the 2008 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament South Regionals.

The 2002 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Final Four was held at the New Orleans Arena in December 2002.

Arena football[edit]

The arena hosted ArenaBowl XXI in 2007, ArenaBowl XXII in 2008 and ArenaBowl XXV in 2012.

MMA, Boxing & Wrestling[edit]

Other events[edit]

Concerts[edit]

See also[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  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. 
  10. ^ Arena Digest - New Orleans Arena
  11. ^ "Daktronics Photo Gallery: New Orleans Arena". 
  12. ^ Tour of Renovated New Orleans Arena | New Orleans Pelicans | BourbonStreetShots.com
  13. ^ "Smoothie King Center Unveiled as New Orleans Prepares to Host NBA All-Star Game" (Press release). New Orleans Pelicans. February 6, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Pelicans Arena to be Renamed Smoothie King Center". National Basketball Association. February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ Reid, John (February 5, 2014). "New Orleans Pelicans Agree to Arena Naming Rights Deal with Smoothie King". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  16. ^ Reid, John (October 13, 2014). "Newly Renovated Smoothie King Center Ready for New Orleans Pelicans' Preseason Home Opener". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  17. ^ Teaford, Elliott (December 9, 2002). "Davis Is the Latest Test". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  18. ^ Duncan, Jeff (January 9, 2008). "Hornets Extend N.O. Lease Until 2014". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ "2013–14 New Orleans Pelicans Media Guide" (PDF). National Basketball Association. October 21, 2013. p. 7. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  20. ^ "New Orleans to Host NBA All-Star 2008". National Basketball Association. May 22, 2006. Retrieved June 3, 2006. 
  21. ^ List, Lauren (February 18, 2008). "City Officials: NBA All-Star Weekend Helped Prove N.O. is Back". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  22. ^ Reid, John (February 17, 2014). "New Orleans Hosts Another Successful NBA All-Star Weekend". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  23. ^ Classic XXXIII - Aug. 1-3, 2003 | Bassmaster

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