In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Zephyr Field served as a staging area for rescue operations by FEMA and the National Guard. After the stadium sustained multimillion dollar wind damage from the storm, a new scoreboard and sound system were installed in time for the 2006 season, and construction was done to fix the roof, field lights and Coors Light Party Shack in right field. On April 6th, 2006 Zephyr Field opened its gates to an opening day crowd of 11,006 to kick off a season that would see the New Orleans Zephyrs become the first professional sports team to permanently return to New Orleans following Katrina.
Recently, Hollywood has also taken notice of Zephyr Field, as the ballpark is featured in the 2004 film "Mr. 3000" and the 2006 film "Failure To Launch."
The state of Louisiana paid $21 million to build Zephyr Field as part of a capital outlay bill that also included the New Orleans Saints' state-of-the-art practice facility, located behind Zephyr Field on Airline Drive, as well the New Orleans Arena, which is adjacent to the Superdome. The ownership also paid an extra $5 million for amenities, such as 16 VIP luxury suites, a swimming pool, two hot tubs in right field, the Coors Light Party Shack, located in the right-field corner and the Metairie Bank Home Run Porch located behind the left-field wall.
From Downtown New Orleans: Take I-10 West to Clearview Parkway South exit, turn right at Airline Drive (Hwy 61) and head west (right); stadium is on the left in three miles. OR Take Tulane Avenue and it turns into Airline Drive (Hwy 61) just after you pass under I-10. Continue on Airline Drive for about eight miles and just after the Transcontinental Drive intersection, you'll see the stadium on the left.
From Kenner and west of Kenner: Take I-10 East to Clearview Parkway South exit, turn right at Airline Drive and head west (right); stadium is on the left in three miles. OR Take Airline Drive (Hwy 61) East and just after the David Drive intersection, you'll see the stadium on the right.