New Orleans Arena to be Changed to Smoothie King Center

The New Orleans Pelicans currently play their home games in the New Orleans Arena. The arena is across from the Superdome and holds about 18,000 people. It’s where the Hornets/Pelicans have played there since 2002, with the exception of part of the 2005-06 season, which they played in Oklahoma City due to Hurricane Katrina.

As of right now, the New Orleans Arena is a rarity among professional sports venues, in that it doesn’t have any naming rights. That, however, is about to change. According to Fletcher Mackel of New Orleans’ NBC affiliate, WDSU, the New Orleans Arena will soon become the Smoothie King Center.


The arena recently underwent renovations on the interior, and is set to receive a facelift outside in the near future as well. With the 2014 NBA All-Star Game coming to New Orleans next weekend, it’s a fitting time to add a naming right to the building. A few years ago, back in 2008, the NBA also hosted the All-Star Game at the New Orleans Arena. The Smoothie King Center is kind of lame, plus how can they have the Smoothie King Center when the NBA’s smoothie king plays in Milwaukee.