The Hornets were one of four expansion teams created in 1988 and played in Charlotte for 14 seasons before moving to New Orleans in 2002. Because of the damage to the city by Hurricane Katrina, the team was forced to relocate temporarily to Oklahoma City during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. The Hornets returned full time to New Orleans for the 2007-08 season and experienced the most successful season in franchise history, while committing their resources to revitalizing the entire Gulf Coast. To continue these rebuilding efforts and to show the world that New Orleans was thriving, the NBA awarded the Hornets' hometown of New Orleans with the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, and returning here for the 2014 game.
1501 Girod St. New Orleans, LA 70113
From Shreveport, La.: Head southeast on LA-1/Market Street/US-71 toward Milam Street. Make a slight left to stay on LA-1/Market Street/ US-71. Take the ramp onto I-20 West. Take Exit 17B to merge onto I-49 South toward Alexandria. Take the exit onto I-10 East toward Baton Rouge. Take the I-10 exit toward Slidell. Keep left at the fork and follow signs for US-90. Make a slight left onto Girod.
Parking is available in seven public parking garages and two surface lots between the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the New Orleans Arena Complex, which can accommodate about 7,000 vehicles. The public parking garages are designated Nos. 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 5 and 6, and Champions Garage. The surface lots are designated as Lot 3 and Lot 4. Re-entry and overnight parking are prohibited. Check about specific parking for special events.
Public transportation is available throughout downtown New Orleans on the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA). For schedules and more information, visit the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority Web site.