One of New Orleans' many charms is its central location and walkability. Whether you're in town for a convention, a pre or post cruise visit or a Pelican's game, you're never far from the action. The newly renamed Smoothie King Center, formerly the New Orleans Arena, draws a loyal crowd of fans for NBA games as well as concerts spotlighting the likes of Paul McCartney and Katy Perry. Choose to stay at one of the full service hotels nearby, or overnight closer to Canal Street, the Riverwalk and the French Quarter, and you're still only 10 minutes from most attractions. From touring the Saints' home at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to exploring museums and galleries in the Warehouse District to heading into the Quarter, the SKC is central to all. Before or after your game or concert, take a stroll over the nearby Champions Square, a 113,000 square foot outdoor festival venue that plays host to thousands of exuberant Saints fans prior to each home game. THe space includes public restrooms (always good to know), large video screens and a killer sound system - all features that keep fans whipped into an appropriate frenzy. Best to leave the car parked and plan to walk (don't forget comfortable shoes!), cab, streetcar or pedi-cab to where you need to go.
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