The Rockets are the closest team to the Pelicans geographically and with New Orleans being a popular destination city you’ll find plenty of Houston fans in the crowd for these matchups. The abundance of Rockets fans in the crowd and the fact both teams play in the Southwest Division make it a must see event when the Rockets come to town.
The Pelicans played in Oklahoma City for a few years following Hurricane Katrina and recently beat out the Thunder for the 8th seed in the 2015 NBA Playoffs developing a bit of a rivalry between the two. If you want to see an intense matchup then be in attendance for a Pelicans-Thunder game.
Pelicans Stadium Guide
New Orleans is one of the best cities to visit, so it just makes sense that you should attend a Pelicans game during your stay if you’re an NBA fan. The arena is located in the city’s Central Business District, so you’ll be right near it during your trip.
The area surrounding the Smoothie King Center is fantastic. You’ll find many great bars and restaurants near the arena, and it’s only about a mile away from New Orleans’s famed French Quarter. Make sure to stop by Reginelli’s, Manning’s, or Drago’s if you’re looking for a bite to eat.
Once you get to the arena, you’ll find a festive atmosphere that starts before you enter thanks to Pelicans Fest. Pelicans Fest is an excellent place to spend some time before the game and offers a variety of activities and live music.
Inside the arena, you’ll find a top-notch NBA atmosphere that is complete with a mascot and dance team. The in-game entertainment will keep you entertained throughout the game and plays a significant role in you having a great experience.
You can’t go wrong attending a Pelicans game during your trip to New Orleans if you’re an NBA fan.
Located on Girod Street near the area, Pelicans Fest offers a great place to hang out and get in the Pelicans spirit before the game. The fest contains tons of fun activities including autographs from the Pelicans Dance Team and the musical stylings of a local band. Arrive early so you can take part in this fun event.
Those of you looking to pick up some New Orleans Pelicans gear will find anything you could ever want at the Pelicans team store. Here you’ll be able to find an amazing array of Pelicans paraphernalia, so make sure to stop by.
Pierre T. Pelican, is sure to bring a smile to your face with his crazy shenanigans. You won’t be able to help but laugh and applaud at the things you see Pierre do throughout the game. Keep your eyes peeled for Pierre throughout the game.
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