Atmosphere

The atmosphere surrounding the tailgate scene in New Orleans is a bit different from what you’ll find elsewhere in the NFL. The parking lots surrounding the Superdome are relatively empty compared to many other NFL teams which seem odd to out-of-towners that view New Orleans as a party city. However, upon closer examination, you’ll find the uproarious party scene you’re looking for at the bars nearby the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Instead of sitting outside with grills and beers, many fans flock to the bars to grab beers with their fellow fans. If you’re not a bar person never fear as there is still plenty of traditional tailgating to be had outside the Superdome.

Pre-gaming in New Orleans is unlike pre-gaming anywhere in the United States. Locals take their drinking seriously and you need to know how to keep up! It’s not uncommon for fans to drink before the big game and after until the morning hours. Prepare to drink into the wee hours of the night when attending a Saints game, which provides a party unlike anywhere else in the NFL.

One of the best things about going to a Saints game is how close the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is to Bourbon Street. On Bourbon Street, you would almost have to try to not find a party, as there are bars everywhere. Walking down Bourbon Street, you’re guaranteed to find fun bars and hear live jazz music that mimics the high energy of the city of New Orleans.

It’s not just the drinks and party atmosphere that will make tailgating in New Orleans an unforgettable experience. The food here is also top notch and something that every football fan should experience at least once. One of the most common foods you’ll find at a Saints tailgate is the famous Louisiana sausage known as boudin. You also can’t miss out on jambalaya when attending a Saints game as this New Orleans favorite is a must for those of you making your first trip to New Orleans.

Great parties and even better food make tailgating before a Saints game something that every football fan should do at least once in their lifetime.

Traditions

Statues Around the Stadium

Outside the Superdome are several statues commemorating some of the greatest moments and individuals in Saints history. One of the most popular statues to stop and see is the one of Steve Gleason blocking a punt during the Saints return to the Superdome in 2006. Stop by and see them all when attending a game at the Superdome.

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Champions Square

Champions Square is a great place for diehard tailgaters to go before the game and is within walking distance of the French Quarter. Many people come here to party and cheer on their favorite team, even people without tickets to the big game. Champions Square can accommodate around 8,000 people creating loud parties loud that are full of energy. Walking around Champions Square, you can find live music and food vendors offering anything from wings to oysters.

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Where to tailgate

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