If you want to visit a game of a team in one of the major leagues in this Deep South state, then you have to visit one particular city.
Regardless of this notion, Louisiana holds the record of being the least populated state in the US that has more than one sports team competing in a major league.
The New Orleans Saints play football games in the NFL and the New Orleans Pelicans play basketball games in the NBA.
Perhaps even more astounding is that 12 sports teams compete in collegiate NCAA Division I programs.
Below is a list of some of the biggest stadiums in Louisiana.
1. Tiger Stadium
- Location: Baton Rouge
- Capacity: 102,321
Tiger Stadium is a colossal arena in Baton Rouge and by far the largest stadium in Louisiana. It’s located on the campus of Louisiana State University and is the home of the LSU Tigers football team which competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA.
The Tigers have called this place home since it was completed as a stadium featuring 12,000 seats way back in 1924. It became a horseshoe stadium in 1936 and has undergone several expansion phases since. Today, it’s the 6th-largest stadium in the NCAA and the 8th-largest stadium in the world.
2. Caesars Superdome
- Location: New Orleans
- Capacity: 73,208
Caesars Superdome is the name of an incredible domes arena that is located in the Central Business District of New Orleans. It’s the home of the New Orleans Saints of the NFL and has served this purpose (except for a 2-year break for renovations following Hurricane Katrina) since it was completed in the year 1975.
The stadium cost $134 million to build back n the 1970s which is the equivalent of over $675 million today. The dome of the stadium has a diameter of 207 meters (680 feet), a figure that makes it the largest fixed-domed structure in the world.
3. Independence Stadium
- Location: Shreveport
- Capacity: 63,000
Independence Stadium originally went by the names State Fair Stadium and Fairgrounds Stadium and is located in the city of Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana. It’s the place where the annual post-season Independence Bowl is hosted and it has been the venue of this popular game since 1976.
The stadium was originally completed way before the independence Bowl was established. It was constructed in 1924 and initially served as the venue of the Arkansas–LSU football rivalry. It has been renovated and expanded multiple times and has been used by a variety of different sports teams ever since.
4. Cajun Field
- Location: Lafayette
- Capacity: 41,264
Cajun Field is a stadium in the city of Lafayette and is the home venue of the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns football team. It has served this purpose since it was completed in 1971. It has been renovated 3 times throughout its history, once in 1992, in 2008, and more recently in 2014.
The stadium is one of several stadiums in the Deep South that is nicknamed “The Swamp.” It was given this name in 1988 and has been officially referred to as such ever since. Another example of a stadium named as such is the huge Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, one of the biggest stadiums in Florida.
5. Yulman Stadium
- Location: New Orleans
- Capacity: 30,000
Yulman Stadium is a stadium that is located on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans. The stadium was constructed between 2013 and 2014 and cost $75 million to build. It features 30,000 seats and two fan clubs named the Westfeldt Terrace and the Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club.
The stadium has served as the home of the Tulane Green Wave football team and was constructed as the team’s private stadium. Before Yulman Stadium was completed, the team has to play their games in the immense Caesars Superdome.
6. Joe Aillet Stadium
- Location: Ruston
- Capacity: 28,562
Joe Aillet Stadium was originally known as “Louisiana Tech Stadium.” The former name reveals that it serves as the home of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team which competes in the NCAA. It has done so since the stadium was originally completed in the year 1968.
The stadium already featured 23,000 seats when it opened its doors in the late 1960s but has been expanded and renovated several times over the decades. The stadium was renamed in honor of Joe Alliet in 1972, the former Louisiana Tech head football coach and athletics director.
7. A. W. Mumford Stadium
- Location: Scotlandville, Baton Rouge
- Capacity: 28,500
A. W. Mumford Stadium is a stadium that is located on the campus of the Southern University in Scotlandville, a community in the northern suburbs of Baton Rouge. It’s the home of the Southern Jaguars football and has been since the stadium was completed in 1928.
It’s one of the few stadiums in Louisiana and all of the United States that hasn’t changed that much since it was completed nearly a century ago. New seats were added in the 1970s and 1980s and bleachers were added in both end zones during the 1990s. The stadium was named in honor of Arnett W. “Ace” Mumford, the former coach of the Jaguars.
8. JPS Field at Malone Stadium
- Location: Monroe
- Capacity: 27,617
JPS Field at Malone Stadium is a stadium that is located on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the northern part of the state. It was constructed between 1977 and 1978 for $2.5 million and was renovated twice, in 2008 and 2014.
The stadium has been the home of the Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks football ever since it first opened its doors. The stadium was renamed for a local company called “JPS Aviation/JPS Equipment Rental” because they sponsored the installation of a FieldTurf playing field in 2014.
9. Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium
- Location: 19,600
- Capacity: Grambling
Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium is a stadium n Grambling, a small town with less than 5,000 inhabitants in northern Louisiana. The stadium first opened its doors in 1983 and it received a serious facelift in 2017 worth $2 million.
The stadium has been the home of the Grambling State Tigers football team and has served this purpose since 1983. The stadium was renamed in honor of Grambling State University head football coach Eddie Robinson. Because of its remarkable location, it’s nicknamed “The Hole.”
10. Smoothie King Center
- Location: New Orleans
- Capacity: 18,500
Smoothie King Center is often referred to as “SKC” and is an indoor arena that serves as the home venue of the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans. It’s located right next to the Caesars Superdome in downtown New Orleans, a massive arena that was formerly known as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
This multi-purpose arena was constructed between 1995 and 1999 and cost $114 million to build, the equivalent of over $185 million today. Although it looks rather small compared to the huge arena right next to it, it can seat up to 18,500 people during college basketball games. During NBA games, this number is reduced to 16,867 seats.