Top 25 Ways To Save Money Near
The Mercedes Benz Superdome

25 places to save money near Mercedes Benz Superdome
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Some facts on the Mercedes Benz Superdome:

The average face value cost of a New Orleans Saints home game ticket has been below average for the past 2 seasons, ranking 16th ($91.25) in 2016 & 15th ($84.87) the year before1.

Resale prices were even more fan-friendly, as the initial secondary market ticket cost was 20% below average in 2016 and 9% below in 20152.

Based on these figures, it appears that a day at the Superdome won’t threaten your bank account…

But appearances can be deceiving.

After all, there’s more to game day expenses than just ticket prices. Take beer, for instance. -- the New Orleans Superdome had the 5th highest beer price last season.

Then there’s the regional salary bias. In 2015, the average initial resale price of $193.02 for a Saints ticket was 19th-highest, but the weekly median income of $929.67 for New Orleans area residents was dead last among the 31 NFL cities.

The bottom line? If you’re a local, it took 20.76% of your paycheck to buy a single ticket, a figure which ranked 10th highest that year. And even if you earn more than the average resident, there are so many food choices that, should you choose to indulge, will give your wallet a run for its money.

2015 New Orleans weekly median income $929.67
2015 average initial resale ticket price $193.02
Percentage of paycheck 20.76%

A league of its own

If you’re on a budget then you should definitely refrain from eating & drinking inside the ‘Dome or at the adjacent Champions Square. This is not original thinking - the food & beer at just about every NFL stadium is inferior and more expensive than what you’d get outside the venue.

While this too is the case in New Orleans, there are so many places to eat and drink that are so close and so much cheaper that it puts the area around the Mercedes Benz Superdome in a whole ‘nother league.

Using beer again, as an example, there are as many sports bars within 2 miles of the Superdome as there is within the same distance of CenturyLink Field and Soldier Field combined. And the prices? Here’s a list of the NFL stadiums in 2016 with the most expensive beer, what a domestic draft brew costs inside the venue, and what you’re likely to pay at a nearby sports bar:

Venue Inside Local sports bar
Levi's Stadium $10.00 $8.00
Oakland Coliseum $9.75 $4.50
New Era Field $9.50 $4.25
Soldier Field $9.25 $5.00
Mercedes Benz Superdome $9.25 $2.75

25 places to save near the Mercedes Benz Superdome

Po boys.   The Roast Beef Po Boy inside the Superdome will cost you $12.50, the Shrimp Po Boy, $13. There are 6 spots within 1.3 miles where you can get a superior sandwich for less:

  1. The Jimani - $7.50
  2. Mike Serio's - $8.49
  3. Johnny's - $9.50
  4. Walk-On's - $9.99
  5. Deja Vu - $9.99
  6. Killer PoBoys - $12

Jambalaya.   Nothing says “N’Awlins” like jambalaya. Well, maybe also po’boys, crawfish, gumbo, & grilled alligator, but anyways… You can pay $12.75 at the `Dome's club level for jambalaya, or you can pay…

  1. $3.95 at Johnny's
  2. $8.50 at Mother's
  3. $8.99 at Deja Vu

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Beer.   Domestic beer at the `Dome is $9.25 for a bottle, 10 bucks for a draft. Why bother?

  1. The Jimani - $2.25
  2. Chuck's - $3
  3. Mother's - $3.25
  4. Poppy's Time Out - $4.50

Hurricane.   This signature French Quarter cocktail costs $9.50 at the Superdome, but you can get it for…

  1. $7 at Deja Vu
  2. $8.50 at Pat O'Brien's, the place that made it famous

Most of the places mentioned here are close to the Superdome, but not that close. They’re not across the street, but most are within a mile or so - reasonable walking distance if you’re in shape. Pat O’Brien’s, for instance, is about 1.1 miles.

If that seems too long, let me present it this way: carrying an open container of alcohol is legal in New Orleans, so you can take your Hurricane, or whatever drink you damn please, along with you on your sight-filled stroll as you make your way to the game. Here’s what this walking tour would look like:

Full Page Route Map 

The Hand Grenade: “New Orleans' most powerful drink” is only $8
Hand Grenade
Hand Grenade. (16)  The Hurricane may be more famous, but the Hand Grenade is “New Orleans most powerful drink”. You won’t find this at the stadium. At 8 bucks from Tropical Isle, it’s cheaper and stronger than the $13 daiquiri at the ‘Dome.

Daiquiri.  Speaking of the daiquiris, here are 3 spots where you can get them for waaay cheaper:

  1. Pat O'Brien's - $5.25
  2. Walk-On's - $7
  3. Poppy's Time Out - $9

Parking. (20-25)   Parking passes for Saints games are 35 bucks at face value, but will usually cost 2-3 times as much on the secondary market. You can find 6 spots within a mile of the Mercedes Benz Superdome where you can find parking for the Saints 2017 home opener vs. the New England Patriots for under $17.

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2017 New Orleans Saints schedule

Date Opponent Time (EST) Venue
Sep 11 Vikings 7:10 PM US Bank Stadium
Sep 17 Patriots 1:00 PM Mercedes Benz Superdome
Sep 24 Panthers 1:00 PM Bank of America Stadium
Oct 1 Dolphins 9:30 AM Wembley Stadium
Oct 15 Lions 1:00 PM  
Oct 22 Packers 1:00 PM Lambeau Field
Oct 29 Bears 1:00 PM  
Nov 5 Buccaneers 1:00 PM  
Nov 12 Bills 1:00 PM New Era Field
Nov 19 Redskins 1:00 PM  
Nov 26 Rams 4:05 PM LA Memorial Coliseum
Dec 3 Panthers 1:00 PM  
Dec 7 Falcons 8:25 PM Mercedes Benz Stadium
Dec 17 Jets 1:00 PM  
Dec 24 Falcons 1:00 PM  
Dec 31 Buccaneers 1:00 PM Raymond James Stadium
  = Home game

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