Champions Square, a 60,000-square-foot plot encompassing a one-block section of LaSalle Street and part of what was once the New Orleans Centre shopping mall, officially opened on August 21, 2010 as the Saints hosted an exhibition game against the Houston Texans. Now, after many years of waiting, Saints fans and others who don’t have tickets to the games, have a place to hang out and party and cheer the home team on.
Champions Square comfortably accommodates up to 8,000 revelers. It is free and easily accessible, thanks to an abundance of convenient nearby parking. Saints fans will at least have a square that features live entertainment, street vendors and some of New Orleans’ favorite eateries. Among the food vendors with concessions in the square are Red Fish Grill, Acme Oyster House, Drago’s, Bourbon House Seafood, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Wow Café and Wingery, The Praline Connection, Outback Steakhouse and Galatoire’s.