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FOLLOW THE SUN BELT FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA Get breaking news, announcements, championship information and more from us on Facebook and Twitter: Facebook.com/SunBeltConference; Twitter: @The_Sun_Belt. Also follow us on Instagram (@SunBeltConference) and share with us your #NOLABound pictures as you get ready for the 2014 Sun Belt Basketball Championship! GET IN THE #FUNBELT! Interact with Sun Belt Conference fans across the nation by using our official hashtag: #FunBelt. Don’t forget to tag us in your posts! SUN BELT SOCIAL STADIUM Visit the revamped SunBeltSports.org and click on the “Sun Belt Social” tab to launch the official Sun Belt Conference Social Stadium. Connect your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare accounts to the Social Stadium to keep up with all of the latest buzz around the Sun Belt Conference!

SUN BELT TWEETS Follow us on Twitter: @The_Sun_Belt Hey, watch some #FunBelt football and get along -@Mark_Schlabach

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a show tonight. Or as some peoWe have had 4 Sun Belt games this week. They have been decid- ple would call it, the #FunBelt ed by a total of 12 pts #FunBelt -@ChrisHudgison

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TABLE OF CONTENTS QUICK REFERENCE

Mayor’s Welcome............................................. 4 Commissioner Karl Benson’s Welcome.......... 5 About the Sun Belt Conference....................... 6

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Visit New Orleans........................................9-11 Women’s Championship................................ 12 Men’s Championship..................................... 13 Ticketing......................................................... 14

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Shuttle Bus Information................................ 15 Sun Belt Championships A-to-Z...............18-21 Getting to New Orleans.............................23-25 Accomodations..........................................27-32

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Attractions................................................34-37 Dining........................................................40-49 Lakefront Arena Grounds.............................. 50

CREDITS

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Editor: Keith Nunez, Sun Belt Conference Editorial Assistance: Sun Belt Conference staff. Photography: New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, NewOrleansOnline.com, Conference Sponsors, the Sun Belt Conference and member institution files. Layout, Cover and Interior Design: Keith Nunez, Sun Belt Conference

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The Mayor’s Welcome Welcome! As Mayor of New Orleans, it is my pleasure to welcome the Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships back to our great city. New Orleans has a long history with Sun Belt Conference events, and we stand ready to show college basketball fans why we are America’s host city. The energy in our city is contagious. Over the past 12 months, New Orleans has played host to an unprecedented string of major events, including the 2013 NCAA Women’s Final Four and Super Bowl XLVII will culminate with this 2014 Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. We have the facilities, experience, and an unmatched spirit of hospitality that offers visitors an authentic experience unlike anywhere else. While you are here, I hope you will take some time to relax and explore New Orleans. Dine in our world-class restaurants, enjoy our great music scene, tour the historic French Quarter and neighborhoods, and shop in our antique and specialty shops throughout New Orleans. You will see why our city is known for its history, vibrancy, hospitality and resiliency. The Road Ends Here, and I wish the best of luck to all teams competing in the championship. Thank you again for visiting New Orleans. We hope you enjoy your stay and return often to our wonderful city.

Mitchell J. Landrieu Mayor City of New Orleans

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Welcome Basketball Fans! On behalf of the Sun Belt Conference and its 10 member universities, I would like to welcome you to the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship here in New Orleans – the home of the Sun Belt Conference. Each year, the Sun Belt strives to make it our first priority to ensure a positive fan experience, as well as present a first-class event for each student-athlete, coach, administrator and fan in attendance. I encourage you to enjoy the week-long event as well as the many other amenities the beautiful city of New Orleans has to offer. This one-of-a-kind city has something to offer to everyone. This guide was developed with you, the fan, in mind so that you can enjoy every minute of your stay in the Big Easy. Additionally, we have included information to make your experience at the Sun Belt Basketball Championships in New Orleans the best it can be. Along with the entire league, I would like to personally congratulate each program and its participants for their hard work throughout the season, both on and off the court, and for their continued assistance in enabling the Sun Belt Conference to grow and develop. The players and coaches are ready to compete, so all we need is for you to come and enjoy every game. I personally ask you to help us make this Sun Belt Championship one to remember! Again, we hope you have a great time at this year’s Basketball Championship, and we appreciate your support of the Sun Belt Conference.

Karl Benson Sun Belt Conference Commissioner

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ABOUT THE SBC Formed in 1976 the Sun Belt Conference quickly rose to the greatest heights of collegiate athletics and the league continues to find itself at the pinnacle of competition as a member of the 10-league alliance of the Bowl Championship Series and soon-to-be College Football Playoff. Because of its status as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision, the Sun Belt Conference has a permanent seat on the NCAA’s 18-member Board of Directors. As a result, the conference has a crucial voice on some of the most pressing issues in college athletics and will always have a role in the implementation of any future NCAA legislation and guidelines. The conference continues to utilize television to grow and promote the league and its member institutions. The Sun Belt Conference signed a new multi-year agreement with ESPN, Inc. in 2012 that results in unprecedented national coverage for the league. Fans of the Sun Belt Conference can look forward to seeing more Sun Belt teams playing on national television on ESPN and ESPN2 and additionally the ESPN deal will result in more coverage on ESPNU. ESPN will continue to televise the conference’s men’s basketball championship game for the 32nd straight season in 2013, marking its longest affiliation with any conference in the country. The conference’s regional television partnership with Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) and Cox Sports Television (CST) enables live telecasts of Sun Belt events to reach millions of households. The addition of volleyball, baseball and softball to the conference’s television package has resulted in more national and regional television exposure for the league than at any time in its history. Success has been easy to find in recent years as well. Over the last five years the Sun Belt Conference ranks sixth out of the 11 FBS conferences in postseason bowl game winning percentage. In fact, the Sun Belt Conference ranks ahead of noted “BCS AQ” leagues – the ACC, Pac-12 and the Big Ten. The Sun Belt Conference maintains tie-ins with the GoDaddy Bowl and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and come 2014, the Sun Belt will also send a team to the newly formed Camellia Bowl. A team from the Sun Belt Conference has played in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl since its inception in 2001. The SBC has won four consecutive R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl games and six out of the last seven. The GoDaddy bowl, meanwhile, has an agreement in place with the Sun Belt Conference and Mid-American Conference to provide teams for the game. The Camellia Bowl will match-up the Sun Belt Conference against the Mid-American Conference (MAC) beginning in December 2014. The game will be played yearly at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., before the Christmas holiday and be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2. The Sun Belt Conference will also be part of the rotation for the newly created Bahamas Bowl and Miami Beach Bowl. Sun Belt student-athletes have a history of performing well in the class room as well. With sights set on raised benchmarks, 96.2% of teams that will make up the 2013-14 Sun Belt Conference are performing above the future Academic Progress Rate (APR) standard of 930 as the NCAA released its latest figures in June. Beginning with 2012-13 NCAA Championships, teams must earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate. For 2014-15 championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships. 153 of 159 Sun Belt teams are currently performing above the 930 benchmark. Prominent Sun Belt alumni include Lyndon B. Johnson, former President of the United States (Texas State), former All-Star baseball player Luis Gonzalez (South Alabama), former member of the United States Senate and House of Representatives John Breaux (UL Lafayette), country music superstar Tim McGraw (UL Monroe), CEO of Duck Commander and Buck Commander Willie Robertson (UL Monroe) and DeMarcus Ware, an All-Pro NFL linebacker (Troy). The Sun Belt Conference contested the 2013 football season with eight members – Arkansas State, Georgia State, UL Lafayette, UL Monroe, South Alabama, Texas State, Troy and Western Kentucky University. UALR and UT Arlington compete as non-football members. Come the 2014 season, the Sun Belt will have four new members in the league as Appalachian State and Georgia Southern were added as all-sports members and Idaho and New Mexico State have been added as football playing members. Both Appalachian State and Georgia Southern bring with them highly successfully football programs and each team will begin the process of transitioning to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) immediately. The 2014 Sun Belt football season will mark the debut of both in the league schedule and standings. Additionally, both the Mountaineers and Eagles will be able to compete for the league championship in football for the 2014 season. Both teams will first be eligible to compete in a spot for a postseason bowl game come the 2015 season. Idaho and New Mexico State are familiar partners of the Sun Belt Conference, having been football members from the league’s inaugural year of football in 2001 through the 2004 season. Both members played an integral part of forming the Sun Belt Conference for football and now add strength to the league. Both teams will be immediately eligible to compete for the Sun Belt football championship and also for a spot in postseason bowl games.

Sun Belt Membership (1976-present) Institution (Years)

No. of Yrs.

South Alabama (1976-pres.)............. 38 WKU (1982-pres.)............................. 32 New Orleans (1976-80; 1991-2010).....24 Jacksonville (1976-98).........................22 UALR (1991-pres.)............................ 23 Arkansas State (1991-pres.)............. 23 UL Lafayette (1991-pres.)................. 23 FIU (1998-2013)....................................15 Charlotte (1976-91)..............................15 South Florida (1976-91).......................15 UL Monroe (2001-pres.).................... 13 Middle Tennessee (2000-2013)............13 North Texas (2000-2013).....................13 Denver (1999-2012)..............................13 UAB (1979-91)......................................12 VCU (1979-91)......................................12 Troy (2004-pres.).............................. 10 Louisiana Tech (1991-2001).................10 ODU (1982-1991)....................................9 Florida Atlantic (2005-13)......................8 Lamar (1991-98)....................................7 Texas-Pan American (1991-98).............7 Georgia State (1976-81; 2013-pres.)............. 5 New Mexico St.(2000-05; rejoining 2014).........5 Idaho (football, 2001-04; rejoining 2014)..........4 Utah State (football, 2003-04)................2 Central Florida (1991-92)......................1 UT Arlington (2013-pres.)........Inaugural Year Texas State (2013-pres.).........Inaugural Year Appalachian State............... Joining 2014 Georgia Southern................ Joining 2014 Bold denotes current members

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Visit New Orleans New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, it’s home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Few cities in the world possess a culture or history as vibrant as New Orleans, which was founded by the French on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1718. When visiting New Orleans, you can find something magical and unforgettable every day. Whether it’s an opportunity to sample our exceptional cuisine, to learn about our rich cultural heritage or a music festival you seek, New Orleans has something for everyone. Our laid back, friendly culture inspires guests to relax, kick up their heels and live it up. The city is experiencing millions of dollars in hotel renovations and upgrades, there are more than 1,300 restaurants to choose from with new eateries popping up all the time and a variety of attractions to enjoy as well. The city balances a love for tradition with the energy of innovation, resulting in an eclectic vibe found nowhere else. In New Orleans, you’ll find the roots of jazz and a blossoming culture that has been long described as being unlike anything else in the United States or the World for that matter. The city is one of the nation’s oldest and has an atmosphere rich with a mix of French sophistication, Creole, African-American, Caribbean, Irish, Haitian, German, and Vietnamese, all creating an energy that can be described as something greater than the sum of its parts. New Orleans is known for a host of attributes like its famous Creole food, abundant entertainment options, music of many styles, nearby swamps and plantations, 18th & 19th century architecture, antiques, streetcars, museums and much more. Nicknamed the Big Easy, New Orleans has long had a reputation as an adult oriented city. However, the city also offers many attractions for families with children and those interested in culture and the arts. New Orleans is an incredible, vibrant, bursting at the seams, melting pot of a city. Whether you’re coming here for the music, the food, to meet some fascinating new people, to experience Mardi Gras, or to just party all night long—or all of the above—a visit to New Orleans is never the same trip twice, but always memorable. A timeless city with a unique way of life, New Orleans is a celebration. Steeped in European traditions and Caribbean influences, the Big Easy calls curious minds to sounds and aromas fueled by three hundred years of history. From the moment you arrive New Orleans will beckon your ears, allure your eyes and enchant your heart. Follow the scent of gumbo floating out the kitchen window, foster a path that leads to the sounds of drums and a Blues guitar, create the route that welcomes you to a historic mansion or a hidden courtyard… New Orleans is many things to many people – a home for the arts, a hub of innovation, an agent of inspiration. After the meeting, explore your own New Orleans. Take the historic streetcar down a line of shady oak trees on St. Charles Avenue, enhance an art collection in the Warehouse/Arts District galleries, and feast on authentic culinary delights that call Louisiana home. We believe our lagniappe – a little something extra – will stay with you, calling you back to discover the mystery behind our magical city. New Orleans is and will always be a picturesque metropolitan, a culturally rich haven and an authentic experience.

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Visit New Orleans FOOD You’ll find bowls filled to the rim with gumbo, late nights in dark jazz clubs, strolls through historic neighborhoods, and tantalizing festivals throughout the year. Come down and experience New Orleans, one of America’s most culturally and historically-rich destinations. NewOrleansOnline.com can introduce you to all of the Big Easy’s greatest charms. As the official New Orleans tourism guide, the site is loaded with resources that will help you make the most of your visit. Download our free New Orleans city guide book for more information on things to do, where to eat and great places to stay.

New Orleans King Cake

There are more than 1,349 restaurants open in New Orleans today, a new city record! In New Orleans, at breakfast we discuss lunch and at lunch we discuss what’s for dinner. We are a city that loves to eat and appreciates food. From fine-dining to poor-boys, our food is unique, delicious, and affordable. With worldrenowned chefs cooking in the kitchen, our city is home to internationally recognized culinary heroes, who are encouraged by locals and visitors alike to experiment in the kitchen and serve up some of the world’s most unique and creative dishes that are always seasoned to perfection. New Orleans restaurants have achieved far-reaching fame and renown thanks to the city’s rich history of culinary traditions and its devotion to high standards in food service. In a country where restaurant chains create a uniform and uninspiring dining landscape, New Orleans remains an outpost where every delicious meal is a one-ofa-kind dining experience.

World Famous Gumbo | Werner Krug

At the heart of the New Orleans restaurant scene is a local cuisine unlike any other. Its storied history is a complex one that dates back to the city’s early years in the 1700’s. The cuisine includes influences from French, Spanish, African, Italian, and Native American cultures, as well as many others.

Some people eat to live, but New Orleanians live to eat. As a result, the city offers one of the most incredible - and incredibly diverse - concentrations of exceptional dining and unforgettable cuisine in the world. ENTERTAINMENT Festival Fun New Orleans is known for it’s festival calendar, filled with celebrations of food, music and the city’s unique culture. Beginning with Mardi Gras and ending with Christmas New Orleans Style, our calendar year has a festival for everyone. And in a city that loves to party, many of our festivals and cultural celebrations are seeing record-breaking attendance levels. If your plan is to take in a festival while in town you’re sure to catch it in New Orleans. Every month in the Crescent City you’ll find events where the fun (and often the music and art viewing) is free, such as the French Quarter Festival in April and the Satchmo Summer Fest, usually in August. In December, the holiday celebrations include mega freebies: concerts, cooking demonstrations by master chefs, holiday home tours, neighborhood light displays, a caroling concert in Jackson Square, and more.

French Quarter Festival

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Visit New Orleans general attractions sure to please any visitor. Examples include: plantation homes, riverboat cruises, tours, Café Du Monde, African American Museum, Louisiana State Museums, New Orleans Historic Collection, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Audubon Zoo, Harrah’s Casino and its entertainment-filled Fulton Street Promenade, New Orleans Museum of Art, Bestoff Sculpture Garden, City Park, the Botanical Gardens, Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, Contemporary Arts Center, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Ballet, Audubon Insectarium, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, Museum of the American Cocktail, The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Blane Kern’s Mardi Gras World and the National WWII Museum. With over 45 museums throughout the city to choose from, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the city’s history, culture and arts.

Want More Sports? Of course what great city would be without a great sports scene? New Orleans’ line-up of sporting events and sports venues are sure to live up to every fan’s expectations. The city is home to several sports teams showcasing premier events in football, basketball, baseball and soccer including the Saints, Pelicans, Zephyrs and the Jesters. The state of Louisiana, known as the “Sportsman’s Paradise,” is also renowned for its fishing and hunting hot spots. Home to Many Super Bowls | Kathy Anderson

New Orleans has outdoor fun fit for everyone!

Night Out on the Town? There are many iconic images that come to mind when people think of New Orleans nightlife, including the neon glitz of Bourbon Street and the lone jazzman playing his horn beneath an old French Quarter gas lamp. But this is only the start of what New Orleans nightlife is all about. Whether you’re looking for the simple pleasures of a perfectly constructed cocktail with a balcony view, or something entirely more adventurous, you’ve come to the right place. New Orleans knows how to throw a party, in fact, it’s one of the best reasons to visit the Big Easy.

New Orleans Music at its Finest

With a countless number of bars and speakeasy’s you are sure to find one that provides you with enough libations.

All About the Benjamins? Shopping in New Orleans is like opening a treasure chest in which everything you want is at your fingertips, from rare antiques to novelty T-shirts, artwork, jewelry, and foods that represent the city’s flavors and culture. Old-world influences intersect with modern trends, creating a singular shopping experience, and making it easy to find something for even the pickiest person on your souvenir list. New Orleans shopping - from the French Quarter to Magazine Street - offers an array of retail choices. Options include The Shops at Canal Place, Saks Fifth Avenue, Jax Brewery, as well as hundreds of boutiques, art galleries and antique stores throughout the city. Tax-free shopping offers international visitors even more reasons to experience New Orleans.

One of New Orleans’ Jewelry Shops

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32nd Annual Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Championship Lakefront Arena • New Orleans, Louisiana March 12-15, 2014 The 2014 Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Championship heads to New Orleans as the Sun Belt Conference will host this year’s Championship in the city it calls home. Eight teams will battle it out on the court in the three-day event on March 12, 14 and 15. This will be the second time New Orleans will host the basketball championship as the tournament was previously held in New Orleans in 2002. TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS YEAR WINNER 1983 Old Dominion 1984 Old Dominion 1985 Old Dominion 1986 WKU 1987 Old Dominion 1988 WKU 1989 WKU 1990 Old Dominion 1991 WKU 1992 WKU 1993 WKU 1994 Louisiana Tech 1995 WKU 1996 Louisiana Tech 1997 Louisiana Tech 1998 Louisiana Tech 1999 Louisiana Tech 2000 Louisiana Tech 2001 Louisiana Tech 2002 FIU 2003 WKU 2004 Middle Tennessee 2005 Middle Tennessee 2006 Middle Tennessee 2007 Middle Tennessee 2008 WKU 2009 Middle Tennessee 2010 Middle Tennessee 2011 UALR 2012 UALR 2013 Middle Tennessee

RUNNER-UP LOCATION WKU Norfolk, Va. South Alabama Norfolk, Va. WKU Norfolk, Va. Old Dominion Bowling Green, Ky. South Alabama Norfolk, Va. Old Dominion Tampa, Fla. South Alabama Bowling Green, Ky. UAB Norfolk, Va. UAB Birmingham, Ala. Arkansas State Bowling Green, Ky. Louisiana Tech Ruston, La. WKU Bowling Green, Ky. Louisiana Tech Ruston, La. WKU Jonesboro, Ark. WKU Bowling Green, Ky. WKU Ruston, La. FIU Jonesboro, Ark. WKU Bowling Green, Ky. Denver Mobile, Ala. North Texas New Orleans, La. Middle Tennessee Bowling Green, Ky. WKU Bowling Green, Ky. UL Lafayette Denton, Texas WKU Murfreesboro, Tenn. UL Lafayette Lafayette, La. Middle Tennessee Mobile, Ala. UALR Hot Springs, Ark. UALR Hot Springs, Ark. WKU Hot Springs, Ark. Middle Tennessee Hot Springs, Ark. UALR Hot Springs, Ark.

2014 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 12 (Opening Round) G1: No. 8 vs. No. 1 G2: No. 5 vs. No. 4 G3: No. 7 vs. No. 2 G4: No. 6 vs. No. 3 Thursday, March 13 Off Day Friday, March 14 (Semifinals) G5: Winner G1 vs. Winner G2 G6: Winner G3 vs. Winner G4 Saturday, March 15 (Championship Game) G7: Winner G5 vs. Winner G6

12:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

12:00 p.m. (SBN) 2:30 p.m. (SBN) 8:00 p.m. (ESPN3)

Top (8) seeds from regular-season will advance to the SBC Championship. All times are Central time and subject to change without notice. SBN = Sun Belt Network

Bracket Quarterfinals Wednesday, March 12

Semifinals Friday, March 14

Finals Saturday, March 15

No. 1 Seed 12 p.m. (CT)

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No. 8 Seed

No. 4 Seed

12 p.m. (CT) Sun Belt Network

2:30 p.m. (CT)

No. 5 Seed 8 p.m. (CT) ESPN3

No. 2 Seed

Champion

6 p.m. (CT)

No. 7 Seed

NEW ORLEANS LAKEFRONT ARENA

Lakefront Arena has set the standard in the metro-New Orleans area in providing a venue for sports and concerts. Events are intimately presented whether the performance is in 3,000, 10,000 or anything in between. Because of the excellent acoustics and the intimacy of design, the Arena has maintained the reputation that there is no bad seat in the house.

No. 3 Seed

2:30 p.m. (CT) Sun Belt Network

8:30 p.m. (CT)

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38th Annual Sun Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Championship Lakefront Arena • New Orleans, Louisiana March 13-16, 2014 The 2014 Sun Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Championship heads to New Orleans as the Sun Belt Conference will host this year’s Championship in the city it calls home. Eight teams will battle it out on the court March 13-16 for the right to represent the league in the NCAA Tournament. This will be the second time New Orleans will host the basketball championship as the tournament was previously held in New Orleans in 2002. 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS YEAR WINNER 1977 Charlotte 1978 New Orleans 1979 Jacksonville 1980 VCU 1981 VCU 1982 UAB 1983 UAB 1984 UAB 1985 VCU 1986 Jacksonville 1987 UAB 1988 Charlotte 1989 South Alabama 1990 USF 1991 South Alabama 1992 UL Lafayette 1993 WKU 1994 UL Lafayette 1995 WKU 1996 New Orleans 1997 South Alabama 1998 South Alabama 1999 Arkansas State 2000 UL Lafayette 2001 WKU 2002 WKU 2003 WKU 2004 *UL Lafayette 2005 *UL Lafayette 2006 South Alabama 2007 North Texas 2008 WKU 2009 WKU 2010 North Texas 2011 UALR 2012 WKU 2013 WKU

RUNNER-UP LOCATION New Orleans Charlotte, N.C. South Alabama Charlotte, N.C. USF Charlotte, N.C. UAB Charlotte, N.C. UAB Jacksonville, Fla. VCU Birmingham, Ala. USF Birmingham, Ala. Old Dominion Birmingham, Ala. Old Dominion Hampton, Va. UAB Birmingham, Ala. WKU Bowling Green, Ky. VCU Richmond, Va. Jacksonville Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte Birmingham, Ala. Old Dominion Mobile, Ala. Louisiana Tech Biloxi, Miss. New Orleans Biloxi, Miss. WKU Bowling Green, Ky. UALR Little Rock, Ark. UALR Little Rock, Ark. Louisiana Tech Little Rock, Ark. UL Lafayette Lafayette, La. WKU Lafayette, La. South Alabama Little Rock, Ark. South Alabama Mobile, Ala. UL Lafayette New Orleans, La. Middle Tennessee Bowling Green, Ky. New Orleans Bowling Green, Ky. Denver Denton, Texas WKU Murfreesboro, Tenn. Arkansas State Lafayette, La. Middle Tennessee Mobile, Ala. South Alabama Hot Springs, Ark. Troy Hot Springs, Ark. North Texas Hot Springs, Ark. North Texas Hot Springs, Ark. FIU Hot Springs, Ark.

Thursday, March 13 (Opening Round) G1: No. 8 vs. No. 5 G2: No. 7 vs. No. 6 Friday, March 14 (Quarterfinals) G3: Winner G1 vs. No. 4 G4: Winner G2 vs. No. 3 Saturday, March 15 (Semifinals) G5: Winner G3 vs. No. 1 G6: Winner G4 vs. No. 2 Sunday, March 16 (Championship Game) G7: Winner G5 vs. Winner G6

6:00 p.m. (SBN) 8:30 p.m. (SBN) 6:00 p.m. (SBN) 8:30 p.m. (SBN) 2:00 p.m. (SBN) 4:30 p.m. (SBN) 12:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Top (8) seeds from regular-season will advance to the SBC Championship. All times are Central time and subject to change without notice. SBN = Sun Belt Network

Bracket Opening Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Thurs., March 13

Fri., March 14

Sat., March 15

Finals

Sun., March 16

No. 5 Seed 6 p.m. (CT) SBN

No. 8 Seed

6 p.m. (CT) SBN

No. 4 Seed

2 p.m. (CT) SBN

No. 1 Seed

* Title vacated due to NCAA sanctions

12 p.m. (CT) ESPN2

Champion

No. 2 Seed No. 3 Seed No. 6 Seed

4:30 p.m. (CT) SBN

8:30 p.m. (CT) SBN

8:30 p.m. (CT) SBN

No. 7 Seed

All times Central (CT) and subject to change

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Ticketing Tickets are available to the 2014 SUN BELT CONFERENCE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS, to be played at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA, Wednesday, March 12 through Sunday, March 16, 2014. Don’t miss your chance to see some exciting hoops on the hardwood this spring as the SBC heads to the Big Easy, #NOLABound. TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE AND PRICING Each all-session ticket book includes one ticket to each of the tournament’s eight (8) sessions, a total of 14 games. Adult individual tickets are good for two sessions, except the championship games. Kid’s tickets (ages 3-12) include a free beverage and hot dog and children ages two (2) and under are admitted free but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Sun Belt students are admitted free of charge with valid school ID. General admission seating (individual session tickets) is available throughout the arena, except where designated. Fans wishing to purchase these tickets can do so starting Feb. 15. One session includes two games, excluding the championship games. General admission tickets for the event can be purchased at the Lakefront Arena Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. INSTITUTIONAL TICKET OFFICES School Website Phone UALR............................................UALRTrojans.com.............................................501-565-UALR Arkansas State.............................tickets.astate.edu............................................. 870-972-ASU1 Georgia State...............................GeorgiaStateSports.com..................................866-GA-STATE UL Lafayette.................................ragincajuns.com................................................ 337-265-2357 UL Monroe...................................ulmwarhawks.com............................................ 318-342-5417 South Alabama.............................tickets.southalabama.edu................................ 251-461-1USA UT Arlington.................................utatickets.com................................................... 817-272-9595 Texas State...................................TxStateBobcats.com.......................................... 512-245-2114 Troy...............................................TroyTrojans.com................................................ 877-878-9467 WKU.............................................WKUSports.com................................................ 270-745-5222 With 14 games and two titles up for grabs, New Orleans is your home for some of the best basketball action in the country. The week-long event includes other ancillary events so make sure to come early and stay late as the Sun Belt is #NOLABound.

Lakefront Arena Seating Diagram

First level seating only (level two is available for overflow)

VIP/Floor Seating | $200

Call or email John Barranco for more information - 504-556-0873 or barranco@sunbeltsports.org. Floor seating includes access to Lounge 1.

Institutional Seating

For institutional seating, please contact your school’s ticket office as all institutional seating is handled through those ticket offices.

General Admission Seating

All-session ticket books are $99, which includes tickets to eight (8) sessions (14 games). General admission tickets are $15/session (2 games) and can be purchased starting Feb. 15.

Kid’s Tickets

Institutional Pep Band Seating

The seats in these locations are not available for purchase and are reserved for members of institutional pep band squads throughout the tournament.

Kid’s tickets are $5 each for kids ages 3 through 12 years of age. Those children ages 2 and under are admitted free of charge provided they sit in their’s guardian’s lap. NOTE: Kid’s tickets include a free beverage and hot dog for the child.

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Complimentary Shuttle Info The Sun Belt Conference and Hotard Coaches, Inc. will provide complimentary shuttle bus service for spectators attending the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. The shuttle service will operate on two main lines: Hyatt Direct and Downtown Loop. Service will operate in continuous loops for the times specified below. Hyatt Direct Line Direct Route from the Hyatt Regency to the Lakefront Arena Departs Hyatt every :30 Departs Arena every :00 Wednesday, March 12:.......................10:30am – 11:30pm (13 hours) Thursday, March 13:.............................. 4:30pm – 11:30pm (7 hours) Friday, March 14:................................10:30am – 11:30pm (13 hours) Saturday, March 15:............................ 9:30am – 11:30pm (14 hours) Sunday, March 16:................................. 10:30am – 3:30pm (5 hours)

Downtown Loop Continuous Loop with bus departing from the following stops at: Lakefront Arena every :00 Bienville Street between S. Peters and Front Street every :20 Harrah’s Casino every :25 World War II Museum every :35 Wednesday, March 12:........................10am – 11:30pm (13 ½ hours) Thursday, March 13:............................... 4pm – 11:30pm (7 ½ hours) Friday, March 14:.................................10am – 11:30pm (13 ½ hours) Saturday, March 15:..............................9am – 11:30pm (14 ½ hours) Sunday, March 16:...................................10am – 3:30pm (5 ½ hours) Harrah’s Casino

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A ADA ACCESSIBILITY The Lakefront Arena meets or exceeds all structural and service requirements as stipulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Seating is located in various seating sections throughout Lakefront Arena. The box office will handle these requests. ADDRESS Lakefront Arena is located at 6801 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122, on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. AGE RESTRICTIONS Patrons three (3) years and older must have a ticket to gain entry into Lakefront Arena. Children age two (2) and under may be held in an adult’s lap and are not required to have a ticket to the games. ALCOHOL Louisiana Law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. Proper identification must be shown to purchase any alcoholic beverage from Lakefront Arena. ANIMALS Only service animals are permitted into Lakefront Arena during the Sun Belt Conference Basketball Championships. ATM (Automated Teller Machine) ATMs are located throughout the concourse area at Lakefront Arena. Should further assistance be required, contact Guest Services.

B BABY CHANGING STATIONS Baby changing stations are located in both men’s and women’s restrooms at Gates 1 & 4 and Ground 1.

BANNERS/SIGNS Signs of a derogatory nature directed toward an individual opponent, visiting team or game officials are not permitted in Lakefront Arena. It is the responsibility of event management to remove the signs immediately. Signs may not be affixed to any part of the facility (i.e., railings, chairs, etc.) during the Sun Belt Conference Basketball Championships. BOX OFFICE The Lakefront Arena box office is located on the ground level on the West side of the Arena or Franklin Avenue side of the Arena. The information line is (504) 280-7222.

C CAMERAS/VIDEO EQUIPMENT Small still photography cameras are permitted in Lakefront Arena during the Sun Belt Conference Basketball Championships. Camera lenses must be six (6) inches or less in length. The use of flash photography and video cameras are strictly prohibited. CONCESSIONS Concession stands/booths are located throughout the concourse and in the Ground 1 hallway. No outside food or beverages are permitted inside of Lakefront Arena. CREDIT CARDS All major credit cards are accepted at the Lakefront Arena box office and merchandise stands.

D DIRECTIONS From the East (Slidell, Mississippi) I-10 West towards New Orleans where you can exit onto Franklin Avenue (exit 238A). Turn right onto Franklin Avenue and continue for approximately 2.5 miles. The Arena is located on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Lake Pontchartrain.

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Sun Belt Championships A to Z From the West I-10 East to I-610 towards Slidell. On I-610, exit at Franklin Avenue (exit 4). Turn left on to Franklin Avenue and continue for approximately 2.5 miles. The Arena is located on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Lake Pontchartrain. From Downtown, French Quarter, Uptown 1-10 East towards Slidell. Exit at Elysian Fields Avenue (exit 237). Proceed north (veering left) on Elysian Fields Avenue to Leon C. Simon Blvd. Turn right onto Leon C Simon Blvd. Proceed to 2nd traffic light which is Franklin Avenue. Turn left onto Franklin Avenue and Arena is located on your right. Please be aware that there is NO Franklin Avenue exit off the I-10 from Downtown. From the Westbank Cross the Crescent City Connection to I-10 East towards Slidell. Exit at Elysian Fields Avenue. Follow directions above from Downtown.

EVENT STAFF Members of the Sun Belt Conference Event Staff are located at the entrances and on the concourse and floor to assist you finding amenities, your seat, lost children and medical and security personnel among other request you may have. Event Staff will all be dressed in like clothing for the duration of the tournament. EVICTION POLICY Lakefront Arena Staff and Event Management personnel reserve the right to remove individuals from the Arena who do not follow Conference rules and regulations and Lakefront Arena policies set forth in this document.

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EMERGENCY EXITS In the event of an emergency please follow the Exit signs located at the top of the entrance openings leading to the concourse.

FAN/SPORTING BEHAVIOR It is a principle of the Sun Belt Conference that student-athletes, coaches, athletics administrators, support groups, and all others associated with intercollegiate athletics adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and accountability. The Commissioner is charged with the education of member institutions and game officials regarding Conference policies and procedures. Additionally, the Commissioner is charged with monitoring the enforcement of Conference policies and procedures to ensure consistent and immediate application of policies and appropriate sanctions.

EMT PERSONNEL EMT services will be available throughout the championship. Should you need any assistance please track down an event staff member or a security officer located at the Lakefront Arena.

FIRST AID Safety of all occupants of Lakefront Arena is of primary concern. Any unsafe condition or activity should be immediately reported to Security or an arena employee for medical assistance.

DOORS OPEN The Lakefront Arena doors will open approximately one (1) hour prior to tip-off of the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first game.

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G GUEST SERVICES Guest services located on the Lakefront Arena concourse between Ramps 1 & 4.

L LOST CHILDREN If for whatever reason a child has been displaced from his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) they will be brought to Guest Services, which is located on the concourse between Ramps 1 & 4. LOST AND FOUND Items that have misplaced and given to an event staff member or a member of the security staff will be delivered to Guest Services and then to the Administration office at the conclusion of the Sun Belt Basketball Championships.

M MERCHANDISE Fans will be able to get their official 2014 Sun Belt Conference Basketball Championships gear and apparel throughout the tournament in the concourse of Lakefront Arena. Apparel items will range from t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, visors and other items.

N NOISEMAKERS Any item that interferes with the normal playing of the game or is disturbing to a significant group of persons who have purchased tickets will be prohibited. Artificial noisemakers (air horns, electronic amplifiers, whistles, vuvuzelas, etc.) are not permissible in Lakefront Arena except as part of the official band. Such items will

be removed immediately from the arena by event management. Cheerleaders may use electronic amplifiers provided the use is limited to giving instructions to the crowd. Bands will be seated in appropriate areas and will be instructed that they may not play while the game is in progress. Public address announcers may not speak during times when play is in progress. Please Note: Removal of noisemakers (i.e., hand clappers) not listed in this section shall be at the discretion of the game officials. The use of artificial noisemakers shall be prohibited at all tournament games. Megaphones may not be used in any way (e.g., pounding on the floor) as noisemakers while the game is in progress (including during free throw attempts).

P PARKING All spectators parking for the Sun Belt Conference Basketball Championships will be FREE. PROHIBITED ITEMS The following items are prohibited in Lakefront Arena: • Cans, bottles, coolers, or containers • Laser pens or laser products of any kind • Flags/signs with poles • Fireworks • Any type of food or beverage • Oversized packages • Weapons or contraband of any kind • Animals or pets (except service animals) • Any other items determined as unacceptable by Lakefront Arena In the event that prohibited items are revealed during a search, patrons will be permitted to return the items to their vehicle or dispose of them. Lakefront Arena does not safeguard any personal belongings or items of any type.

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R RE-ENTRY There is a NO re-entry policy for all games. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located throughout Lakefront Arena on the concourse and Ground 1 hallway.

S SHUTTLE SERVICE Complimentary shuttle service will be available throughout the duration of the tournament. Please refer to page 15 for a full shuttle schedule with routes and estimated times. SMOKING The Lakefront Arena is a non-smoking facility. Smoking sections are outside of the Arena at Ramp 2 or Ground 1. Guests must be stamped for re-entry. SPIRIT GROUPS Spirit groups are expected to understand their role as a representative of the institution and are required to be knowledgeable of institutional, conference and NCAA policies regarding sporting behavior and ethical conduct. Spirit groups are expected to treat all athletics groups, officials and opponents with the utmost respect. Taunting of opponents and other aggressive behavior could result in the individual being removed from the arena. SPECTATORS Spectators are a direct reflection of the institution and are expected to conduct themselves with the utmost integrity during sporting events. Event management will monitor the behavior of spectators and handle displays of non-sporting behavior

and/or unethical behavior swiftly and consistently. Visitors may be removed from the arena if event management deems necessary.

T TICKETS Walk-up tickets can be purchased from the Lakefront Arena box office window located just outside of the Arena entrance. Individual session tickets go on sale February 15 and can be purchased for $15 for adults and kids ages 3-12 are admitted at $5 per ticket. Children ages 2 and under are admitted at no charge. Tickets can also be purchased through each member institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ticket office or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. TOURNAMENT PROGRAMS Programs are available for purchase for $5 and can be picked up at the Merchandise stand located on the Arena concourse.

W WILL-CALL Fans that have purchased tickets through member institutions may pick up their tickets from that institutions ticket representative who will be staged just inside the main entrance to Lakefront Arena at Ramp 1. Fans that have purchased tickets through Ticketmaster will-call may pick up their tickets from Lakefront Arena box office window which will be open at 10 a.m. each day. Only the person whose name is on the ticket order may pick up the tickets. Photo ID is required for all will-call orders.

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The St. Charles Streetcar Line | Cheryl Gerber

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Getting to New Orleans Getting to New Orleans has never been easier, with many different options for those wishing to travel to the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport services the New Orleans Metropolitan areas and is very accessible. Located in Kenner, La., Armstrong Airport (MSY) is the gateway to one of the most exciting cities in the world – New Orleans, legendary for its history, food and good times. There are plenty of flights into New Orleans. Airlines operating out of the Armstrong International Airport include: AirTran, Air Canada, American Airlines, Continental, Delta Air Lines, Frontier, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, U.S. Airways. In addition to Armstrong International Airport, fans can also fly into Baton Rouge’s Metropolitan Airport or Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Both are about an hour’s drive into the city. Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) is located just 70 miles west of downtown New Orleans. American, Delta, United and US Airways operate frequent jet flights from BTR to hubs in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Atlanta, Houston, and Charlotte. A pleasant atmosphere with convenient flight times and connections to hundreds of destinations worldwide make BTR the easy way out of town. Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) makes flying easier with great low fares. Gulfport-Biloxi International is currently served by five airlines offering nonstop service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, and St. Petersburg/Clearwater. Those looking to get around town without a car can utilize one of the many taxi services in the city. There are over 1,200 taxis available on New Orleans’ streets and at major hotels that will take you to your destination. In addition to the taxis, the city also has a public transportation service through busses and street cars. Getting around New Orleans by streetcar is a great way to see the city. There are three different lines: St. Charles, Canal Street, and the Riverfront, each of which originates downtown but takes you different parts of the city. Streetcars in New Orleans offer $1.25 and can be paid with exact change when you board. Refer to page 25 for streetcar routes.

more information on the streetcar lines or the city busses, please go to www.norta.com. This website also has updated information on each streetcar/bus (page 24) line throughout the city. Geographically a small town, New Orleans is quite accessible throughout all parts of the metro areas via cabs and taxis. A cross-town ride from your hotel to a jazz club or neighborhood restaurant is typically under $20, and a safe, fast way to get from point A to point B if you’re unsure of streetcar or bus stop locations along the way. A cab ride typically costs $33.00 from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) for one person and $14.00 (per passenger) for three or more passengers. Pick-up is on the lower level, outside the baggage claim area. Limousines are also another way to travel to the city. Cruise the historic streets of New Orleans in style and class in your own limousine. Several carriers around the city are ready to serve your every VIP need. For more options visit www.NewOrleansOnline.com or the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.neworleanscvb.com.

TRAVELING VIA CAR? For those Sun Belt fans who choose to hit the open road for the championship we have listed below the travel distances and estimated travel times from your place of origin. Just remember to be safe and travel wisely. SCHOOL

DISTANCE TO NOLA

UALR.................................................... 427mi (7 hrs) Arkansas State...................................464mi (6.5 hrs) Georgia State.....................................469mi (6.5 hrs) UL Lafayette......................................... 135mi (2 hrs) UL Monroe........................................... 283mi (4 hrs) South Alabama..................................... 144mi (2 hrs) UT Arlington.......................................527mi (7.5 hrs) Texas State.........................................512mi (7.5 hrs) Troy.....................................................314mi (4.5 hrs) WKU...................................................596mi (8.5 hrs)

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RTA’s Mission– The mission of the RTA is to provide safe and sustainable mobility services to the citizens of New Orleans. More specifically, the RTA is dedicated to building and operating a safe, efficient, and effective transportation system that provides mobility, improves the quality of life, and stimulates economic development. Core principles of the RTA include dedication to rigorous safety practices, topquality customer service, efficient use of resources, and ensuring that the service is accessible for the disabled community and senior citizens. La Misión de la RTA – La misión de la RTA es la de proveer servicios de transporte seguro y sostenible a los vecinos de Nueva Orleáns. La RTA está comprometida con edificar y operar un sistema de transporte seguro, eficaz y efectivo que provea movilidad, mejora la calidad de vida, y estimule el desarrollo económico. Los principios centrales de la RTA incluyen un compromiso con prácticas de seguridad rigurosas, una atención al cliente de primera clase, el uso eficaz de los recursos, y asegurar que los servicios sean accesibles a los discapacitados y los ancianos.

NOTE: The New Orleans streetcar lines do not run from downtown New Orleans to the Lakefront Arena. Other transportation will be needed to access Lakefront Arena.

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HOTEL - CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT Best Western Plus St. Christopher Hotel

www.stchristopherhotel.com 114 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-648-0444

Blake Hotel- Ascend Collection

www.blakehotelneworleans.com 500 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-522-9000

Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown

www.comfortinn.com/hotel/la071 346 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-524-1140

Country Inn & Suites

www.countryinns.com/neworleansla 315 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-324-5400

Courtyard by Marriott/Downtown

www.marriott.com 124 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-581-9005

DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans

www.neworleans.doubletree.com 300 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-581-1300

Drury Inn & Suites

www.druryhotels.com/properties/neworleans.cfm 820 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-529-7800

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown

www.neworleanshamptoninns.com 226 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-529-9990

Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans French Quarter www.neworleansfrenchquartercbd.hgi.com 821 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-324-6000

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

www.neworleansriversidehotel.com 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-561-0500

Hilton New Orleans-St. Charles Avenue

www.www3.hilton.com 333 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-524-8890

Historic Cotton Exchange Hotel, The

www.cottonexchangeneworleans.com 221 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-962-0700

Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

www.hi-neworleans.com 330 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-581-1600

Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans

www.neworleans.homewoodsuites.com 901 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-581-5599

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

www.neworleans.hyatt.com 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70113 504-561-1234

InterContinental New Orleans

www.new-orleans.intercontinental.com 444 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-525-5566

International House

www.ihhotel.com 221 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-553-9550

JW Marriott New Orleans

www.jwmarriottneworleans.com 614 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-525-6500

La Quinta Inn & Suites Downtown/French Quarter www.laquinta.com 301 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-598-9977

Lafayette Hotel

www.lafayettehotelneworleans.com 600 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-524-4441

Le Pavillon Hotel

www.lepavillon.com 833 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-581-3111

Loews New Orleans Hotel

www.loewsneworleans.com 300 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-595-3300

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Omni Royal Crescent Hotel

www.omniroyalcrescent.com 535 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-527-0006

Quality Inn & Suites Downtown

210 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;keefe Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-525-6800

Queen & Crescent Hotel

www.queenandcrescent.com 344 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-587-9700

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Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette

Staybridge Suites French Quarter Downtown

Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans

W New Orleans

www.renaissanceperemarquette.com 817 Common Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-525-1111 www.therooseveltneworleans.com 123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-648-1200

Royal St. Charles Hotel

www.royalstcharles.com 135 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-587-3700

The Saint

www.thesainthotelneworleans.com 931 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-522-5400

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

www.sheratonneworleans.com 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-525-2500

www.staybridgeneworleans.com 501 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-571-1818 www.whotels.com/wneworleans 333 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-525-9444

Wyndham Whitney

www.wyndhamwhitney.com 610 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-581-4222

Windsor Court Hotel

www.windsorcourthotel.com 300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-523-6000

Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne Plaza

www.baronneplaza.com 201 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-522-0083

St. James Hotel New Orleans

www.saintjameshotel.com 330 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-304-4000 Hyatt Regency New Orleans Lobby

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HOTEL - CONVENTION/WAREHOUSE/ARTS DIST

HOTEL - FRENCH QUARTER AREA

The Ambassador Hotel

Astor Crowne Plaza

Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center

Best Western Plus French Quarter

Embassy Suites Hotel Convention Center

Bienville House Hotel

Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center

Bourbon Orleans

Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Orleans Hotel

Courtyard New Orleans Downtown

Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center

Dauphine Orleans Hotel

The Hotel Modern

Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter

Hyatt Place New Orleans Convention Center

French Market Inn

New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center

French Quarter Chateau LeMoyne

Renaissance New Orleans Arts

Hotel Le Marais

Residence Inn by Marriott New Orleans

Hotel Mazarin

Springhill Suites by Marriott Convention Center

Hotel Monteleone

www.ambassadorhotelneworleans.com 535 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-527-5271 www.marriott.com 300 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-598-9898 www.neworleans.embassysuites.com 315 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-525-1993

www.neworleanshamptoninns.com 1201 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-566-9990 www.harrahsneworleans.com 228 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-533-6000 www.neworleansconventioncenter.stayhgi.com 1001 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-525-0044 www.thehotelmodern.com 936 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-962-0900 www.hyattplaceneworleansconventioncenter.com 881 Convention Center, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-524-1881 www.neworleansmarriottconventioncenter.com 859 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-613-2888 www.renaissanceartshotel.com 700 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-613-2330 www.marriott.com 345 St. Joseph St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-522-1300 www.springhillsuites.com 301 St. Joseph Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-522-3100

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans

www.wyndhamriverfront.com 701 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-524-8200

www.astorneworleans.com 739 Canal @ Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-962-0500 www.nolahotels.com 920 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 504-524-3333 www.bienvillehouse.com 320 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-529-2345 www.bourbonorleans.com 717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA, 70116 504-523-2222 www.courtyardneworleansiberville.com 910 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-523-2400 www.dauphineorleans.com 415 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-586-1800 www.fourpointsfrenchquarter.com 541 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-524-7611 www.frenchmarketinn.com 501 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-561-5621 www.hi-chateau.com 301 Rue Dauphine, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-581-1303 www.hotellemarais.com 717 Conti Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-525-2300 www.hotelmazarin.com 730 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-581-7300 www.hotelmonteleone.com 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-523-3341

Hotel Provincial

www.hotelprovincial.com 1024 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA, 70116 504-581-4995 SUNBELTSPORTS.ORG > 29


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ACCOMODATIONS HOTEL - FRENCH QUARTER AREA

Hotel Royal

W New Orleans - French Quarter

Hotel St. Marie

The Westin New Orleans Canal Place

Hotel St. Pierre

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

Hyatt French Quarter

HOTEL - GARDEN DISTRICT

www.hotelroyalneworleans.com 1006 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 504-524-3900 www.hotelstmarie.com 827 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-561-8951 www.frenchquarterinns.com 911 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 504-524-4401 www.frenchquarter.hyatt.com 800 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-586-0800

Le Richelieu in the French Quarter

www.lerichelieuhotel.com 1234 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 504-529-2492

Maison Dupuy Hotel

www.maisondupuy.com 1001 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-586-8000

www.whotels.com/frenchquarter 316 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-581-1200 www.westinneworleanscanalplace.com 100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-566-7006 www.wyndhamfrenchquarter.com 124 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-529-7211

Avenue Plaza Resort

www.avenueplazaresort.com/cvb 2111 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 800-989-6901

Hampton Inn - Garden District

www.neworleanshamptoninns.com 3626 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70115 504-899-9990

New Orleans Marriott

www.neworleansmarriott.com 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-581-1000

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel

www.omniroyalorleans.com 621 St Louis Street, New Orleans, LA, 70140 504-529-5333

Place dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Armes Hotel

www.placedarmes.com 625 St. Ann Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 504-524-4531

Prince Conti Hotel

www.princecontihotel.com 830 Conti Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-529-4172

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

The Ritz-Carlton

www.ritzcarlton.com 921 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-524-1331

Marriott Metairie at Lakeway and the Sun Belt Conference

A Winning Partnership!

Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

www.sonesta.com 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-586-0300

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ACCOMODATIONS HOTEL - JEFFERSON PARISH

Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District

Contempra Inn

Maison St. Charles Quality Inn & Suites

Country Inn & Suites New Orleans Airport

www.hotelindigo.com/neworleansgdn 2203 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-522-3650 www.maisonstcharles.com 1319 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-522-0187

The Prytania Park Hotel

www.prytaniaparkhotel.com 1525 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-524-0427

HOTEL - JEFFERSON PARISH STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel

www.nolahotels.com 2601 Severn Avenue, Metairie, LA, 70002 504-888-9500

Brent House Hotel

www.brenthouse.com 1512 Jefferson Hwy., New Orleans, LA, 70121 504-835-5411

www.contemprainn.com 2820 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA, 70062 504-468-7700 www.countryinns.com/kennerla 1501 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Kenner, LA, 70062 504-305-1501

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Courtyard New Orleans Metairie

http://www.marriott.com 2 Galleria Blvd., Metairie, LA, 70001 504-838-3800

Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport

www.neworleansairporthotel.com 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA, 70062 504-467-5611

The Doubletree by Hilton, New Orleans Airport www.neworleansairport.doubletree.com 2150 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Kenner, LA, 70062 504-467-3111

Four Points by Sheraton New Orleans Airport

www.fourpointsneworleans.com 6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA, 70003 504-885-5700 Courtyard New Orleans Metairie Lounge Area

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ACCOMODATIONS HOTEL - JEFFERSON PARISH Hilton New Orleans Airport

Sleep Inn New Orleans Airport

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

TownePlace Suites by Marriott

www.neworleansairport.hilton.com 901 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA, 70062 504-469-5000

Holiday Inn Metairie New Orleans Airport www.holidayinn.com/metairiela 2261 N. Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA, 70001 504-373-5946

www.choicehotels.com/hotel/la720 2830 Loyola Drive, Kenner, LA, 70062 504-466-9666 www.marriott.com/msytm 5424 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, LA, 70123 504-818-2400

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway www.marriott.com/MSYMM 3838 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, LA, 70002 504-836-5253

Ramada Metairie - New Orleans

www.ramadametairie.com 2713 N. Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA, 70002 504-835-4141

Sheraton Metairie - New Orleans

www.sheratonmetairie.com 4 Galleria Blvd., Metairie, LA, 70001 504-837-6707

Holiday Inn Metairie Airport Guest Room

Marriott Metairie at Lakeway Guest Room

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ATTRACTIONS

A New Orleans Brass Band

ATTRACTIONS - FAMILY FUN STAFF RECOMMENDATION

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

National World War II Museum

Entergy Imax Theatre

New Orleans Museum of Art

Contemporary Arts Center

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium

New Orleans Botanical Garden

www.www.auduboninstitute.org #1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-581-4629 www.www.auduboninstitute.org 1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-581-4629 www.www.cacno.org 900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-528-3805 www.www.AudubonInstitute.org 423 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-581-4629

Louisiana Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum

www.www.lcm.org 420 Julia St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-523-1357

Louisiana State Museum

www.lsm.crt.state.la.us/ 751 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 504-568-6968

www.www.nationalww2museum.org 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-528-1944 www.www.noma.org 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA, 70119 504-658-4100 www.www.ogdenmuseum.org 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-539-9600 www.www.garden.neworleanscitypark.com Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70124 504-483-9488

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Audubon Zoo

www.www.auduboninstitute.org 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70118 504-581-4629

Mardi Gras World, LLC

www.www.mardigrasworld.com 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-361-7821

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ATTRACTIONS

Creole Queen Riverboat

Old River Road Plantation Adventure, LLC

Steamboat Natchez

ATTRACTIONS - TOURS

www.www.SteamboatNatchez.com 600 Decatur Street, Suite 308, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-569-1401

ATTRACTIONS - GOLF COURSES

www.www.plantationadventure.com 2041 Canal St, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-671-8687

Acadian Helicopters AIR

www.www.creolequeen.com 1 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-293-2316

Audubon Golf & Clubhouse

City Park New Orleans North Golf Course

www.www.cityparkgolf.com 1051 Filmore Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70124 504-483-9410

Southern Seaplane/Air Tours on the Bayou AIR

www.www.auduboninstitute.org 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA, 70118 504-212-5290

English Turn Golf & Country Club

Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans

www.www.stonebridgegolfofno.com 1500 Stonebridge Drive, Gretna, LA, 70056 504-394-1300

TPC of Louisiana

www.www.tpc.com/louisiana 11001 Lapalco Blvd., Avondale, LA, 70094 504-436-8721

PLANTATIONS & HISTORIC HOMES Beauregard-Keyes House

www.www.bkhouse.org 1113 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 504-523-7257

BICYCLE

www.www.lakewoodgolf.com 4801 General DeGaulle Dr, New Orleans, LA, 70131 504-373-5926

www.www.lemuseedefpc.com 2336 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70119 504-914-5401

Longue Vue House and Gardens

www.www.longuevue.com 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA, 70124 504-488-5488

www.celebrationtoursllc.com | 1229 St. Thomas St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-587-7115 Celebrate your next birthday, anniversary, or vacation by enjoying everything New Orleans has to offer. Learn about the history, culture, food, music, architecture. Ride in a 12- passenger limo-van for a semi-private/private city or plantation tour experience.

City Sightseeing New Orleans SIGHTSEEING

Le Musee de fpc

www.freewheelinbiketours.com | 325 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 | 504-324-8257 We are a local, family-owned and operated company rolling the only American made, custom designed tour bikes in the country. Our history tours illuminate the personality of New Orleans reflected through historic, original “Faubourgs.”

Celebration Tours, LLC

Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses

www.www.hgghh.org 820 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 504-525-5661

www.crescentcitybiketours.com | 626 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA, 70112 | 504-322-3455 Why walk when you can ride? Hop on your very own classic cruiser for a guided historical tour; the leisurely ride includes stops in the French Quarter, City Park, Congo Square, cemeteries, Mississippi River and more. Bike rentals too.

Free Wheelin’ Bike Tours BICYCLE

Lakewood Golf Club

www.southernseaplane.com | 1 Coquille Dr, Belle Chasse, LA, 70037 | 504-394-5633 A unique way to see New Orleans and its surroundings! Take an exciting flight above the city and over the beautiful bayous where you’ll land for a closer look at nature!

Crescent City Bike Tours

SIGHTSEEING

www.www.englishturn.com 1 Clubhouse Drive, New Orleans, LA, 70131 504-392-2200

| Lakefront Airport, New Orleans, LA, 70126 | 504415-9726 See the Crescent City from the air. You will have a bird’s eye view of the city and surrounding areas. Fly over old forts, the French Quarter, Louisiana swamps, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and many more historical sites.

www.citysightseeingneworleans.com | 700 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-207-6200 Hop-on hop-off the fun double-decker buses for a live guided tour from the French Quarter to the Garden District. Visit New Orleans’ most popular attractions; 30-minute frequency so catch the next bus. Convenient, informative and exciting.

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ATTRACTIONS ATTRACTIONS - TOURS

www.toursbyisabelle.com | P.O. Box 740972, New Orleans, LA, 70174 | 504-398-0365 Featured since 1986 on Frommer’s Almanac of Travel: ‘Tours by Isabelle offers a totally unique type of touring which differs markedly from what you find in large bus tours...It is as Tiffany’s is to the five-anddime stores!’

SWAMP

Airboat Adventures(TM), LLC

www.airboatadventures.com | 5145 Fleming Park Road, Lafitte, LA, 70067 | 504-689-2005 Penetrate secluded areas of South Louisiana’s swamplands with high-speed airboats geared for groups of all sizes. It’s never been easier to glide over land and water to discover this exotic world of haunting beauty.

SWAMP

Airboat Tours By Arthur L. Matherne, Inc.

www.airboattours.com | 4262 Highway 90, Des Allemands, LA, 70030 | 985-758-5531 Come take a lazy, leisurely ride or an adventurous ride in the swamps in fanboats. See the wildlife upclose and personal with local guides. Airboats seat six or fifteen. Charter fishing available. USCGapproved captains.

SWAMP

Cajun Critters Swamp Tours

www.cajunswamptour.com | 363 Louisiana St, Westwego, LA, 70094 | 504-347-0962 We do spouse tours and parties of all kinds. Bring your own food. Come out with the critters. Exciting and unforgettable.

SWAMP

Cajun Encounters Tour Co.

www.CajunEncounters.com | 55345 Highway 90 East, Slidell, LA, 70461 | 504-834-1770 Tour the protected wetlands of the Honey Island Swamp. Our smaller, custom made flat bottom boats create an “up close & personal” experience. Tours have been hailed by everyone from locals to celebrities. Hotel pick-up included.

SWAMP SWAMP

www.honeyislandswamp.com | 41490 Crawford Landing Road, Slidell, LA, 70461 | 985-641-1769 Narrated natural history tour in Louisiana’s premier Cypress swamp. Dr. Wagner’s native guides/ since 1982. Educational, fun and a real adventure. Narrated transportation available.

Jean Lafitte Swamp & Airboat Tours SWAMP

SIGHTSEEING

Tours By Isabelle Inter-Tour Louisiane, Inc.

www.cajunprideswamp.com | 110 Frenier Road, LaPlace, LA, 70068 | 504-467-0758 Hailed by seasoned swamp visitors as “the best they have ever seen.” Visit us in the Manchac Swamp on our privately owned wildlife refuge. We offer combination Plantation tours as well at reduced rates.

Dr. Wagner’s Honey Island Swamp Tours

www.jeanlafitteswamptour.com | 365 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-689-4186 Just 25 minutes from New Orleans, explore moss draped cypress trees and bayous teeming with wildlife in historical Jean Lafitte National Park. We’ll escort you into the mysterious Louisiana swamps for an unforgettable true Cajun adventure.

Friends of the Cabildo WALKING

www.neworleanscarriages.com | 700 block of Decatur Street (Jackson Square), New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-943-8820 America’s oldest carriage company, since 1941. Let our Professional Tour Guide take you on a tour of the French Quarter, St. Louis Cemetery No.1, Garden District, and Ghost/Mystery. Departs from Jackson Square or your hotel.

www.friendsofthecabildo.org | 701 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-523-3939 A nonprofit organization benefiting the Louisiana State Museum. Daily French Quarter tours leave from the 1850 House and Museum in Jackson Square. Tues.- Sun. 10:30am and 1:30pm, $15. Special tours of New Orleans are also available.

Historic New Orleans Tours, Inc. WALKING

CARRIAGE

Royal Carriages, Inc.

Cajun Pride Swamp Tours

www.TourNewOrleans.com | 2727 Prytania, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-947-2120 Join author Robert Florence and knowledgeable, entertaining guides for tours of the cemeteries, French Quarter, voodoo, the Garden District and hauntings. Awarded Frommer’s STAR 1999 through 2014. Discounted group tours available.

Magic Tours, LLC WALKING

www.toursbayou.com | PO Box 850155, New Orleans, LA, 70185 | 504-866-6476 Enjoy these authentic Self-Guided Audie nominated Audio tours you have read and heard about: Katrina, St. Charles Avenue, Garden District, and Plantation Country by a seventh generation New Orleanian. Download or call for the nearest purchase location.

www.magictoursnola.com | 720 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-588-9693 Alternative Tours for the Intelligent Traveler. Daily tours are given by licensed guides who are professors, historians and journalists. Magic Tours is highly respected for its commitment to accuracy, enlightenment and entertaining experiences.

NOLA Tour Guy WALKING

SIGHTSEEING

Tours BaYou, LLC

www.nolatourguy.com | 2726 N. Claiborne, New Orleans, LA, 70117 | 504-300-9489 Our walking tours are fun and free. We are experts at breathing life into the history of New Orleans. This ensures the guide will give the best possible tour so you, the guest, will tip.

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SUN BELT SATURDAY

March 15 • Lakefront Arena Grounds • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Basketball fans, come join the Sun Belt Conference and its ten member institutions for a day filled with fun and enjoyment for the whole family on Saturday, March 15 at the Lakefront Arena Grounds. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. There will be music, food and fun had for all who plan to attend. Local music group, The Bucktown All-Stars, will headline the Saturday event as they will take to the stage from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then again from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the live music, fans will also have an opportunity to hear institutional pep bands perform along with their cheerleaders. Kids will also have a chance to take pictures and get autographs from the school mascots from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Mascots from the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Zephyrs will be on hand. Kids activities will include a rock wall, gyroscope, mobile game theater, basketball toss, hamster balls and much more! The Bucktown AllStars

Like food? Well then make sure you attend Sun Belt Saturday as there will be cooking teams from the local New Orleans area participating in a Jambalaya Cook-Off to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A portion of all proceeds from the cook-off will be given to St. Jude.

Boudreaux, New Orleans Zephyrs Mascot

DRIBBLE DRIVE

The morning of Sun Belt Saturday kids, ages 3-12, can participate in the Dribble Drive, presented by Take 5 Oil Change and First Bank and Trust on the Lakefront Arena grounds. Registration for this event begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 15 followed by a free clinic at 10:45 a.m. with the Drive starting at 11:15 a.m. This event is free and open to the public and all participants will receive a t-shirt, basketball. One (1) child and one (1) parent will also receive a ticket to the men’s semifinal games at 2 p.m. that day. JAMBALAYA New Orleans is famous for a lot of different meals – chief among them is the traditional rice dish known as Jambalaya. While various ingredients in Jambalaya can vary from chicken, sausage, seafood, or any mixture of the three, the bold flavor and perfect spice is always present. The Dictionary of American Food and Drink states that the dish was born late one night when a traveler arrived at a New Orleans Inn long after dinner had been served. According to the story, the inn’s cook, a man named Jean, was told to “balayez,” or “throw something together” to feed the man. The results were delicious and the name later evolved to “Jambalaya.”

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Antoine’s Restaurant | Werner Krug

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RESTAURANTS - AMERICAN

Barcadia Bar & Grill

www.barcadianola.com | 601 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-335-1740 You already work all day, pay bills, eat salads and do all that other grown-up stuff. Recharge those batteries at the arcade, fill that belly with gourmet grub and draft beer, and rock out to some great music.

Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar

www.charcoalgourmetburgerbar.com | 2200 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-644-4311 Charcoal’s where everything is prepared fresh by hand daily. This includes buns, sides, meats, sauces and all are made from scratch. “As gourmet as a burger gets” is our slogan.

Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro

www.alcopeland.com | 2001 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-593-9955 America’s Best Cheesecake, (the soul of the Bistro) richly smooth and decadently delicious. Select from a large and exciting menu and chill out at our unique ice-paneled bar, guaranteed to keep the perfect martini, perfect.

Deja vu Restaurant & Bar

www.dejavunola.com | 400 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 | 504-523-1931 Restaurant and bar serving full menu from breakfast to dinner 24 hours a day. Also features six local beers on tap amongst full bar. 21 and over only.

Ernst Cafe

www.ernstcafe.net | 600 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-525-8544 Located two blocks from the New Orleans convention center and within walking distance from major hotels. Ernst Cafe is open daily from 11am-6am. Daily Happy Hour specials from 4pm-7pm.

Gott Gourmet Cafe

www.gottgourmetcafe.com | 3100 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70115 | 504-373-6579 Creates fun twists on local favorites and unique dishes for your new food obsession. An uptown neighborhood favorite for food lovers who can expect fine dining details in the most casual of dishes.

The Grill Room

www.grillroomneworleans.com | 300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-522-1992 Reigns as one of the most memorable and elegant venues for fine dining in New Orleans and is the recipient of the 2012 Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond dining awards.

Hard Rock Cafe

www.hardrock.com/neworleans | 125 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-529-5617 Located at 125 Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. Come enjoy our all-American food, cool merchandise and one-of-a-kind rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia collection. Group reservations and private events available including breakfasts.

Iris

www.irisneworleans.com | 321 North Peters St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-299-3944 Located in the heart of the French Quarter at the Bienville House Hotel, this chic yet unpretentious bistro highlights Chef Ian Schnoebelen’s innovative cuisine focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients. The specialty cocktails are a must.

Jimmy J’s Cafe

www.jimmyjscafe.com | 115 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-309-9360 Located just off Canal Street, Chef Chris Lynch formerly of Emeril’s is serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner in a colorful and intimate cafe. Daily chef specials and signature cocktails. Delivery and catering available.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar & Restaurant

www.lucysretiredsurfers.com | 701 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-523-8995 Adjust your attitude with a plate of our famous surfer inspired cuisine and embrace the food, drinks, sounds and sport found on the sandy fringes. Veer from the beaten path. Bring your kids. Bring your dog. We’re easy.

Manning’s

www.manningsneworleans.com | 519 Fulton Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-593-8118 New Orleans legend Archie Manning has created the hottest new restaurant to hit New Orleans since he was the starting quarterback. From sports enthusiasts to foodies, Manning’s menu features comfort foods from the Mississippi delta with some unique Creole twists.

Remoulade

www.arnauds.com | 309 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-523-0377 The casual side of world famous Arnaud’s restaurant. Marbled Oyster bar with succulent fresh shucked Gulf oysters. Creole and Cajun specialties: jambalaya, crawfish pie, and file gumbo. Burgers, pizzas, and more. Don’t miss this Bourbon Street gem. Open daily 11:30am-11:00pm.

Root

www.rootnola.com | 200 Julia St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-252-9480 Root’s menu offers “plates” to enjoy solo or to share with others. Divided into “Socials,” “Beginnings,” “Principals,” and “Endings.” Chef Phillip offers an open book for guests to write their own story through food. House-made charcuterie and sausages, including “Face” Bacon, Hog’s Head Cheese, Morcilla, Chorizo, and Merguez are featured as “Socials.”

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Warehouse Grille

www.warehousegrille.com | 869 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-322-2188 Art. Music. History. Innovation. These things have made the Warehouse District what it is today, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also shaped Warehouse Grille. The menu features innovative dishes and flavors, all tailored to the blend of creativity and tradition that makes the Warehouse District what it is today.

Zea Rotisserie & Grill

www.zearestaurants.com | 1525 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-520-8100 Unique menu offers inspired American food created around a wood burning grill and rotisserie. The award-winning restaurant is known for its distinct, modern flavors and atmosphere. Private dining rooms available for meetings/special events from 15 to 150.

RESTAURANTS - ASIAN Five Happiness Restaurant

www.fivehappiness.com | 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70118 | 504-482-3935 With more than 25 years of service to the locals, Five Happiness has been selected the best Chinese restaurant by New Orleans Magazine and Gambit year after year. Private banquet room is available for groups of 50 to 200 people.

RESTAURANTS - BARBECUE Voodoo BBQ & Grill

www.voodoobbqandgrill.com | 1501 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-913-3128 New Orleans-style BBQ in a fun, laid-back environment with signature sides like corn pudding and gris gris greens. On the streetcar line, private party space for 100, off-site catering for events.

RESTAURANTS - BISTROS The Bombay Club

www.thebombayclub.com | 830 Conti Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 | 504-586-0972 A hidden treasure tucked away in the heart of the French Quarter. Beloved for the delicious Nouveau Creole cuisine. Great for intimate and corporate dining. Entertainment nightly. This should be on every visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s must see list while in New Orleans.

Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar

www.jacksonbrewerybar.com | 620 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-333-6914 A multi-purpose venue offering casual dining (including patio dining with the best riverview in the city), live entertainment and four bars, each with its own personality. Furnishings and layout conducive to casual and elegant receptions.

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Crescent City Brewhouse

www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com | 527 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-522-0571 This restaurant and brewery pub offers wonderful variations of New Orleans’ favorites using Louisiana ingredients. Warm, casual atmosphere. Enjoy one of our four types of beer freshly brewed in-house. Jazz music. Bar open noon - 10pm.

RESTAURANTS - CAJUN STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Bon Ton Cafe

www.thebontoncafe.com | 401 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-524-3386 New Orleans’ oldest Cajun restaurant established in 1953. Traditional classic preparations of crawfish and other Louisiana seafood from recipes handed down through generations of the Pierce family from the French country of South Louisiana.

Cafe Pontalba

| 546 St. Peter, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-5221180 On ground floor of historic Pontalba Building; New Orleans-style cuisine in casual atmosphere. Enjoy live music/ambiance of Jackson Square from open doors to this great restaurant and bar. Also unique, special event venue.

Le Bayou

www.lebayou.com | 208 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-586-1155 Offers authentic yet inspired Creole food. Experience true southern hospitality in our relaxed dining room. Balcony dining overlooking Bourbon St. Private party space available.

Mulate’s - The Original Cajun Restaurant

www.mulates.com | 201 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-522-1492 The first restaurant to popularize dining and dancing - Cajun style! Must be experienced to be believed. The best authentic Cajun cuisine and live Cajun music nightly. Perfect for private parties.

Oceana Restaurant

www.oceanagrill.com | 739 Conti Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-525-6002 Creole food with a Louisiana flair. We have the freshest seafood, steaks and game. Come enjoy one of our five dining rooms or traditional French Quarter courtyard while sipping on one of our signature cocktails.

Cochon Restaurant

www.cochonrestaurant.com | 930 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-588-2123 Chef Donald Link and partner Chef Stephen Stryjewski’s Cochon celebrates Cajun Southern cooking in a rustic yet contemporary setting. The restaurant is located in a historic warehouse just two blocks from the Convention Center.

Eat New Orleans

www.eatnola.com | 900 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-522-7222 Contemporary setting in French Quarter serving Cajun/Creole favorites. Wonderful windows to watch people while dining. Casual yet upbeat and offers a BYOB policy with no corkage fee. Saturday/Sunday Brunch. Best deal in Quarter.

Huck Finn’s Cafe

www.huckfinnscafe.com | 135 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-529-8600 Try our family recipes while enjoying the laid back, fun atmosphere. Dishes ranging from alligator sausage, to beignets, etouffee, burgers and more. Vegetarian friendly. Two blocks from the Mississippi River.

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen

www.kpauls.com | 416 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-596-2530 Let our staff serve you the freshest, most delicious recipes of Chef Paul Prudhomme. At our restaurant, in our private dining room or off-site, anywhere in New Orleans or anywhere in the world.

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DINING Vacherie Restaurant

www.vacherierestaurant.com | 827 1/2 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 | 504-207-4532 Casual Louisiana restaurant. Cajun/Creole, fullservice bar, one block off Bourbon, coffee shop/cafe. Full-service catering, cooking classes, courtyard, breakfast, lite lunch, dinner, weekend brunch.

RESTAURANTS - CONTEMPORARY 7 on Fulton

www.7onfulton.com | 700 Fulton Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-525-7555 7 on Fulton at the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans Hotel prepares imaginative, but approachable food in surroundings that can compliment any number of moods. Chef Mare’s creations compliment one another deliciously.

Apolline

www.apollinerestaurant.com | 4729 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70115 | 504-894-8881 Located in a renovated double shotgun in beautiful Uptown New Orleans, Apolline features contemporary New Orleans cuisine and fresh, locally grown ingredients.

Bistreaux at the Bank

610 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 504-212-5656 Small, quaint, privately-owned restaurant and bar located in the historic Whitney Wyndham Hotel. The beautiful architecture makes it a perfect venue for private parties, receptions or jazz brunches. Cooking demonstrations for adults and kids available.

Cafe Amelie

www.cafeamelie.com | 912 Royal St., New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-412-8965 Beautiful French Quarter restaurant offering cocktails, wine, lunch and dinner in romantic courtyard or 150-year-old-art- and antique-filled carriage house. Also available for weddings and special events.

Coquette

www.coquette-nola.com | 2800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70115 | 504-265-0421 Let one of New Orleans most acclaimed chefs, James Beard nominated Michael Stoltzfus create a memorable meal featuring the finest seasonal products, all served in an elegantly appointed historic building in the majestic Garden District.

Dickie Brennan’s Tableau

www.tableaufrenchquarter.com | 616 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-934-3463 Dickie Brennan’s latest production features classic Creole dishes revisited. The result is sophisticated cuisine that holds true to Louisiana’s rich culinary history. Tableau is centrally located in the heart of the French Quarter at Le Petite Theatre.

Dijon

www.dijonnola.com | 1379 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-522-4712 Dijon is housed in a historic firehouse originally commissioned by the city circa 1914. Chef Daniel Causgrove delivers local contemporary cuisine with French and Creole influences. Minutes from the Convention Center and French Quarter.

Heritage Grill

www.heritagegrillmetairie.com | 111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie, LA, 70005 | 504-9344900 Metairie’s go-to lunch spot for those mixing midday business with pleasure. Located at the base of Veterans Boulevard, inside the Heritage Plaza office complex, it is easily accessible from downtown New Orleans.

Kingfish

www.kingfishneworleans.com | 337 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-598-5005 Upscale casual restaurant that tips it’s hat to the Huey P. Long era. The menu embodies new Louisiana cuisine combined with an impressive cocktail program. You will be sure to have a unique Louisiana centric dining experience.

Le Foret

www.leforetneworleans.com | 129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-553-6738 Located in the heart of Downtown. An award-winning contemporary restaurant featuring strong French technique, seasonal flavors & beautiful decor. The perfect choice for private dinners, meetings & events. Choose from two private floors or the penthouse with balcony overlooking Downtown.

Mila

www.milaneworleans.com | 817 Common Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 | 504-412-2580 The culmination of the marriage of Chefs Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing and their respective home states cuisines: Mississippi & Louisiana. With a seasonal menu driven by freshpicked produce, Mila delivers a new style of southern fare with a lighter touch.

One Restaurant and Lounge

www.one-sl.com | 8132 Hampson St., New Orleans, LA, 70118 | 504-301-9061 Former Clancy’s chef Scott Snodgrass brings his innovative culinary creations to One Restaurant & Lounge, where sophisticated palates will enjoy the sleek, intimate ambiance and house specialty char grilled oysters. Steps from Carrollton and St. Charles Avenue in Uptown New Orleans.

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DINING The Pelican Club

www.pelicanclub.com | 312 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-523-1504 Chef Richard Hughes offers the rich legacy of Louisiana cuisine with contemporary preparations of the finest fresh ingredients including Gulf shrimp, Maine lobster, Black Angus and Prime steaks in clubby townhouse with paintings by local artists.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Pierre Maspero’s

www.pierremasperosrestaurant.com | 440 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-524-8990 Historically significant, this contemporary infusion of Cajun Creole Cuisine has such delectable food and friendly staff. Chefs work their magic daily creating favorites like fettucine corn Maque-Choux and blackened redfish you are sure to love. Private Parties available.

Redemption Restaurant

www.redemption-nola.com | 3835 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA, 70119 | 504-309-3570 Music and fine dining. Serving French & Creole dishes in the contemporary Louisiana style of “Orleans Revival Cuisine” - try it and you’ll know what it means to miss New Orleans!

Rene Bistrot

www.renebistrotneworleans.com | 700 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-613-2350 A French bistro with an American passport. The menu is focused on French-bistro-style cooking, but provides a contemporary take using the traditions and ingredients of Southeast Louisiana. The menu changes seasonally and focuses on French cooking traditions.

Simple Pleasures

Celebrations Bouquet

Precious Love

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DINING Restaurant R’evolution

www.revolutionnola.com | 777 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-553-2277 The first joint venture of award-winning chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto, offering modern, imaginative reinterpretations of classic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Restaurant R’evolution’s menu will reflect a melding of the chefs’ distinct culinary styles.

The Ruby Slipper

www.therubyslippercafe.net | 2001 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-525-9355 Three locations to serve you. Visit us in the heart of Mid-City, Downtown and our newest location in the Marigny. Come enjoy our warm and friendly atmosphere with your friends and family.

RESTAURANTS - CONTINENTAL Cafe Soule & The Paris Room

www.cafesoule.com | 720 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-304-4636 A French-style cafe in the heart of the French Quarter. We specialize in crepes, but serve savory items, fresh pastries, coffee drinks and wine by the glass. The Paris Room is an upscale craft cocktail and wine lounge.

Sainte Marie

www.saintemarienola.com | 930 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 | 504-304-6988 New Orleans Brasserie. Offers European dishes with Louisiana inspiration, complemented with a craft cocktail and quality beer and wine list. The decor incorporates historical references to the neighborhood, once called “Faubourg Ste. Marie.”

Stella!

www.restaurantstella.com | 1032 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-587-0091 Chef/owner Scott Boswell serves polished, international flavors with bold Creole accents in an intimate, modern chic setting. Several menus, including a seven course tasting, a selection of caviars and an a la carte menu. Located in the historic Hotel Provincial.

RESTAURANTS - CREOLE Arnaud’s Restaurant

www.arnauds.com | 813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA, 70112 | 504-523-5433 Classic Creole cuisine with the most charming French Quarter ambiance. Featuring the traditional nostalgic main dining room or the lively jazz bistro with a strolling Dixieland trio. Experience our unique Mardi Gras museum. Private dining rooms also available.

Brigtsen’s Restaurant

www.brigtsens.com | 723 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA, 70123 | 504-861-7610 Modern Creole/Acadian cuisine served in a charming Victorian cottage by owners Frank and Marna Brigtsen. 1999 Fine Dining Hall of Fame -Nation’s Restaurant News.

Broussard’s Restaurant

www.broussards.com | 819 Rue Conti, New Orleans, LA, 70112 | 504-581-3866 Broussard’s is an excellent location for dinners/ receptions and wedding ceremonies. Providing diners with authentic French/Creole cuisine. Built in 1831, our elegant dining rooms all open to our lush, tropical courtyard. Private rooms and group menus available.

Cafe Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar

www.cafeadelaide.com | 300 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-595-3305 The newest member of the family is shaking up the New Orleans scene, dishing up a playful take on Creole cuisine with a side order of Big Easy bacchanalia served by the gracious hands of the new generation of the infamous Brennan clan.

Chartres House

www.chartreshousecafe.com | 601 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-586-1155 Two floors of casual local fun. Enjoy delicious Cajun-Creole cuisine, wrap around balcony dining, a gorgeous courtyard and spectacular views of the city. A true locals’ favorite. Customized private parties available.

Commander’s Palace Restaurant

www.commanderspalace.com | 1403 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-899-8221 Since 1880, Commander’s Palace has been a New Orleans landmark known for the award-winning quality of its food and service. Brimming with the Brennan family’s gracious Crescent City hospitality, Commander’s Palace excels at making dining a special event.

Court of Two Sisters Restaurant

www.courtoftwosisters.com | 613 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-522-7261 Only daily live jazz brunch buffet and Creole a la carte dinner served in the largest historical French Quarter courtyard. Brunch features more than 80 items and dinner includes Creole dishes such as Trout Amondine.

Emeril’s Delmonico Restaurant & Bar

www.emerils.com | 1300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-525-4937 Delmonico has been a celebrated dining destination in the Garden District since 1895. Reopened by Emeril Lagasse in 1998, Delmonico serves a modern interpretation of New Orleans classic cuisine in a beautiful, historic setting.

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Emeril’s Restaurant

www.emerils.com | 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-528-9393 Nestled in a renovated warehouse in the Warehouse District, Chef Emeril Lagasse’s original restaurant continues to break culinary boundaries with its unique blend of “new New Orleans” cuisine.

Galatoire’s

www.galatoires.com | 209 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-525-2021 The grand dame of New Orleans’ time-honored restaurants, Galatoire’s has remained committed to culinary excellence for more than a century. This French Creole bistro, located in Vieux Carré, is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Gumbo Shop

www.gumboshop.com | 630 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-525-1486 Traditional and contemporary Creole cuisine served in the casual charm of a 1795 building with a lovely garden patio. Full bar, wines by the glass, and a beautiful newly-published cookbook.

Mr. B’s Bistro

www.mrbsbistro.com | 201 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-523-2078 A clubby, relaxed French Quarter bistro specializing in regional Creole cuisine and a festive jazz brunch on Sundays.

Muriel’s Jackson Square

www.muriels.com | 801 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-568-1885 Located at the heart of the French Quarter. Enjoy the nationally recognized contemporary Creole Dining. The second floor offers an elegant Séance Lounge and a balcony that overlooks historic Jackson Square.

NOLA

www.emerils.com | 534 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-522-6652 Chef Emeril Lagasse’s funky French Quarter outpost. The bright yellow façade of this historic former warehouse compliments its industrial past, with rustic Louisiana and Southern cooking featuring local Louisiana products and a few unexpected ethnic twists.

Jacques-Imo’s Cafe

Olivier’s Restaurant

Joey K’s Restaurant

Palace Cafe

Melange

Palm Court Jazz Cafe Inc.

www.jacquesimos.com | 8324 Oak St., New Orleans, LA, 70118 | 504-861-0886 Five-star food in a real New Orleans atmosphere. This funky spot located in the Riverbend-Carrollton area has become a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Special creations include dishes like shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake. www.joeyksrestaurant.com | 3001 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA, 70115 | 504-891-0997 A true New Orleans neighborhood restaurant where locals and shop owners eat daily. Great Creole pot cooking, daily specials, fried seafood, po-boys, 18 oz schooners beer and maragaritas. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. www.melangenola.com | 2106 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-309-7335 Melange is a 1920’s themed restaurant and cocktail lounge. French-Creole cuisine is prepared nightly. In addition, the Speakeasy Bar offers an extensive specialty cocktail menu, hand crafted featuring old and new classics.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

Mother’s Restaurant

www.mothersrestaurant.net | 401 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-523-2917 Located in the CBD. Classic New Orleans home cooking. New Orleans ambiance. Gumbo, Po-boys, Debris, Fried Seafood, Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, Fried Chicken, Red Beans and Rice. Breakfast all day. Private Party Room. A Local Favorite. (504) 523-9656.

www.olivierscreole.com | 204 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-525-7734 Through the past 20 years the Olivier family has preserved the old and perfected the new Creole cooking traditions. Recipes presented by the Olivier family reflect the finest of old Creole culture still in place. www.palacecafe.com | 605 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-523-1661 Classic and contemporary Creole cuisine is served daily at this lively, grand cafe located at the entrance to the French Quarter. Lunch, Monday - Friday, dinner, Monday - Saturday, Live jazz brunch, Sunday. Discounted parking at the Marriott. www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com | 1204 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-525-0200 Fine Creole and International dining with live traditional jazz. Stars and legends perform nightly in a unique, casually elegant atmosphere of old New Orleans.

Pere Antoine Restaurant

741 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 504-581-4478 Unique version of Louisiana Cajun and Creole dishes are a favorite of this French Quarter landmark. Cuisine is prepared with fresh local ingredients. The combination of relaxing, open air seating makes dining an unforgettable experience.

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DINING Ralph’s On the Park

Herbsaint Bar & Restaurant

Tomas Bistro

Luke Restaurant

www.ralphsonthepark.com | 900 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70119 | 504-488-1000 Recognized by Bon Appetit, New York Times and the Washington Post for fine cuisine, Ralph’s on the Park offers food fresh from local farms and waters, along with spectacular views of City Park’s moss-draped oaks. www.tomasbistro.com | 755 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-527-0942 Creole French food in the heart of the Warehouse District, only four blocks away from the Convention Center. Private dining available.

Tujague’s Restaurant

www.tujaguesrestaurant.com | 823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-525-8676 Serving the tastes of New Orleans since 1856. A six-course table d’hote dinner with a choice of four entrees nightly. Let Tujague’s serve you a taste of New Orleans.

Upperline Restaurant

www.herbsaint.com | 701 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-524-4114 A French-American bistro in the Warehouse District owned by James Beard Award winner Chef Donald Link. Casual fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere with a separate dining room for private parties up to 50. www.lukeneworleans.com | 333 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-378-2840 An authentic brasserie combining German and French Old world cooking techniques. Luke is John Besh’s homage to old brasseries that once reigned in New Orleans.

Restaurant August

www.restaurantaugust.com | 301 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-299-9777 The cuisine at August is contemporary French with a focus on local ingredients, inspired by Chef John Besh’s classical training here and in Europe, and by the depth of his own Southern Louisiana roots.

www.upperline.com | 1413 Upperline St., New Orleans, LA, 70115 | 504-891-9822 Local favorite. Wine Spectator Award. Art, flowers, warm hospitality and rave reviews. Southern Living/ Travel South says, ‘If you can eat at only one fine restaurant in New Orleans, make it the Upperline!’

RESTAURANTS - FRENCH Antoine’s Restaurant

www.antoines.com | 713 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-581-4422 Antoine’s has been operated by the same family, without interruption for 167 years. Antoine’s cuisine is original New Orleans with French and Creole backgrounds. One of the richest wine cellars in America is found here.

Cafe Degas

www.cafedegas.com | 3127 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70119 | 504-945-5635 Cafe Degas is set on a covered deck with central air and heat when needed and is located in historic Faubourg St. John, blocks from the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park.

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Dominique’s on Magazine

www.dominiquesonmagazine.com | 4213 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70115 | 504-891-9282 Award-winning Chef/Restaurateur Dominique Macquet’s flagship restaurant in New Orleans. Located in the heart of Uptown. The perfect location for groups of any size. All ingredients are locally sourced and our herbs are grown on-site in our hydroponic herb garden.

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DINING The Irish House

www.theirishhouseneworleans.com | 1432 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-595-6755 Traditional Irish gastropub with a mix of locally sourced standard pub grub and more sophisticated fare by Chef Matt Murphy. Come in for a pint, live music or family fun.

RESTAURANTS - ITALIAN Andrea’s Restaurant

www.andreasrestaurant.com | 3100 19th Street, Metairie, LA, 70002 | 504-834-8583 Full-service restaurant with five private banquet rooms available. We offer breakfast, meeting luncheons, dinner parties, receptions and business facilities. Audio-video available. Open daily and holidays.

Pascal’s Manale Restaurant

| 1838 Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70115 | 504-895-4877 Since 1913, home of the original famous barbeque shrimp. Fresh seafood, Italian cuisine, and delicious steaks are also featured. Come enjoy our fine restaurant. A spacious parking lot is available for your convenience.

Tommy’s Cuisine

www.tommysneworleans.com | 746 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-581-1103 A deceptively simple but magnificently polished menu of Italian cooking and Creole French cuisine, served in two small quaint and intimate rooms in the heart of the Warehouse District. Private dining available.

RESTAURANTS - JAPANESE/SUSHI

Chef Duke’s Cafe Giovanni

Chiba

Domenica Restaurant

Miyako Japanese Seafood & Steak House

www.cafegiovanni.com | 117 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-529-2154 Chef Duke’s Cafe Giovanni specializes in New World Italian cuisine and will make your dining experience one to remember. We are located at 117 Decatur Street and offer discounted parking at the Canal Street Marriott. www.domenicarestaurant.com | 123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 | 504-648-6020 As warm and inviting as a traditional Sunday supper in a rural Italian village, where each bountiful dish is lovingly prepared with the purest ingredients according to age-old techniques.

ELEVEN 79

www.eleven79.com | 1179 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-299-1179 Italian and New Orleans specialties in a restored 1830’s merchant’s cottage located in the warehouse district. Serving dinner Mon-Sat, 5:30pm-10pm. Serving lunch Thurs-Fri. Mon-Wed lunch service soon.

Leonardo Trattoria

www.leonardonola.com | 709 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-558-8986 Leonardo’s is New Orleans only traditional Italian restaurant. We have fresh pasta made to order, wood fired pizzas and calzones and delicious deserts all made in house. We have the freshest of products and friendliest staff in town!

Maximo’s Italian Grill

www.maximosgrill.com | 1117 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116 | 504-586-8883

www.chiba-nola.com | 8312 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA, 70118 | 504-826-9119 A world-class restaurant, bar and sushi bar. Located next to the world Famous Maple Leaf and JacquesImos. Offers traditional Japanese cuisine with a New Orleans twist. Full bar, with an expanded wine and sake list. www.japanesebistro.com | 1403 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-410-9997 A unique, entertaining dining experience! Seasoned hibachi chefs provide interactive dining and our expert sushi artists provide the freshest ingredients in New Orleans. Fully stocked bar. Perfect for parties and special events.

Rock-n-Sake of New Orleans

www.rocknsake.com | 823 Fulton Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-581-7253 Come for the best sushi atmosphere in town. Our high energy and high quality are sure to please. We also offer an extensive list of premium sakes. Private party room seats up to 55 comfortably.

RESTAURANTS - MEDITERRANEAN Bayona

www.bayona.com | 430 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70111 | 504-525-4455 Located in a romantic Creole cottage in the historic French Quarter. Chef Susan Spicer prepares her nationally acclaimed French-Mediterranean cuisine which has given Bayona the distinction as one of the top restaurants in the United States.

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RESTAURANTS - SEAFOOD Acme Oyster House

GW Fins

Borgne

Ralph & Kacoo’s

www.acmeoyster.com | 724 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-522-5973 Just off Bourbon Street, Acme is a timeless New Orleans establishment, popular with locals for generations. A vintage slice of New Orleans life in a casual, down-home atmosphere. Recommended: oyster, shrimp, fish plates. www.borgnerestaurant.com | 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70113 | 504-613-3860 Chef John Besh and executive chef Brian Landry created Borgne as a celebration of coastal Louisiana with a touch of Isleno influence.

Bourbon House

www.bourbonhouse.com | 144 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-522-0111 Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House, showcases New Orleans seafood and classic Creole dishes. Bourbon House features a gorgeous raw bar, an impressive bourbon collection and private dining rooms. Lunch and dinner are served daily.

Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant

www.deanies.com | 841 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 | 504-581-1316 A local favorite. We have many specialty items on our menu which include, barbeque shrimp, crabmeat au gratin and our giant seafood platter. We are open for lunch and dinner daily and have a large banquet facility for groups.

Desire Bistro & Oyster Bar

www.sonesta.com/RoyalNewOrleans/index. cfm?fa=restaurant5.home | 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-553-2281 Located at the most photographed corner in the French Quarter at Bourbon and Bienville streets, this historic bistro features Louisiana recipes in a casual street side eatery. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant

www.dragosrestaurant.com | 3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, LA, 70002 | 504-888-9254 Drago’s sets the standard for seafood dining. Its peerless charbroiled oysters are the centerpiece of a menu that offers innovative food and classic platters with equal skill - all with a distinctly New Orleans flavor.

Grand Isle Restaurant

www.grandislerestaurant.com | 575 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-520-8530 Fresh seafood and cold beer. Classic, casual eatery featuring fresh seafood raw oyster bar, gumbo, awardwinning onion rings and four-time winner of New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival.

www.gwfins.com | 808 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112 | 504-581-FINS New Orleans premier, upscale seafood destination. Serves only the freshest local, national, and international seafood at its seasonal peak with a menu that changes daily created by Chef Tenney Flynn, New Orleans Magazine’s 2004 and 2011 Chef of the Year. www.ralphandkacoos.com | 519 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-522-5226 A New Orleans French Quarter tradition since 1969. Enjoy the freshest Louisiana seafood and certified Angus beef steaks. Five private dining rooms and flexible menus accommodate most any group event. Experience great Southern hospitality.

Red Fish Grill

www.redfishgrill.com | 115 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-598-1200 Fishing for New Orleans’ deFINitive seafood dining? Fish no further than Ralph Brennan’s Red Fish Grill. Menu favorites include: hickory grilled redfish, bbq oysters, alligator sausage and seafood gumbo, double chocolate bread pudding.

RESTAURANTS - STEAKS Chophouse New Orleans

www.chophousenola.com | 322 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-522-7902 Highest rated steakhouse in New Orleans awarded by Opentable diners’. Live entertainment nightly. Chophouse New Orleans has crafted a niche by serving USDA Prime steaks, in a bustling, sophisticated atmosphere.

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse

www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com | 716 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-522-2467 USDA Prime steaks with a New Orleans touch. Seafood, game, poultry and bar. Between Bourbon and Royal Streets in the French Quarter.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

www.mortons.com | One Canal Place, New Orleans, LA, 70130 | 504-566-0221 The Best Product...Genuine Hospitality...an Experience to Remember. For over 30 years, Morton’s has served only the finest quality foods, featuring USDA prime-aged beef, hand picked-produce, fresh fish and lobsters, delicious appetizers and elegant desserts.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

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