Big Easy Rollergirls (Photo: Joshua Brasted)
When it comes to sports, no doubt, New Orleans is best known for its Superbowl Championship team, the Saints. But that “Who ‘dat?” Big Easy sports enthusiasm extends outside Champions Square — New Orleans sports teams include baseball, basketball and soccer teams, and of course, roller derby! Here are four of the best ways for visiting families to watch and play the day away.
A Zephyrs baseball game is a blast for families. This Triple-A Minor League team offers a quality sporting experience at an affordable price. Zephyr Stadium has easy parking and great views from most any seat. And when the game is in a lull, kid-friendly entertainment is never lacking. Imagine something along the lines of a paper airplane contest where every kid gets a shot at home plate. The one who lands closest gets a special prize. Truly lucky families might enjoy an appearance by the 610-Stompers, a much beloved local dance krewe of mustachioed men who live for the chance to boogie.
New Orleans considers itself lucky to have its very own all-female roller derby team. This group of tough ladies is divided into to two tiers: The Big Easy AllStars and the Crescent Wenches. This is a contact sport, so be prepared to see some rough but exciting play. Games are held on the University of New Orleans campus, and tickets are just $5 for children 12 and under.
City Putt is a fun and sporty option the whole family can enjoy together. This City Park attraction offers two 18-hole mini golf courses: one that’s New Orleans themed and one that is all about Louisiana. Admission is just $6 for kids age 12 or under, $8 for adults.
If you’re willing to wait patiently in long lines, you’ll be rewarded with a peek of Saints greatness. In springtime, the team usually has a couple of workouts that are free and open to the public. Fans are also welcomed to watch practices free of charge at the Saints’ training camp facility over the summer, but bring sunscreen, snacks and plenty of water for a whine-free experience.
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