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Shrine on Airline


For more than two decades, the "Shrine on Airline" has been the focal point for family entertainment in the Greater New Orleans area since it first opened April 11, 1997, and has welcomed more than 7 million baseball fans.

The ballpark features 10,000 chair-backed seats with cup-holders, plus seating for nearly 1,000 on The Levee in center field. More than 320,000 fans have passed through the turnstiles each season playing on Airline after drawing fewer than 200,000 in each of their four seasons at Privateer Park.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the facility served as a staging area for rescue operations by FEMA and the National Guard. After the stadium sustained multi-million 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 6, 2006, the ballpark re-opened 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.


The stadium has played host to numerous college baseball games, including the Super Regional between LSU and Tulane in 2001. The park was also the site of the Conference USA Tournament in 2001 and 1998 and the 1999 Sun Belt Conference tournament. Numerous prep games have also taken place, including the Class 5A Louisiana High School Athletic Association Baseball Tournament in 2004 and 2005.

In 1999, the Triple-A All-Star Game came to town and was televised nationally by ESPN, and in 2013, Major League Baseball returned to the Crescent City for the first time in 14 years when the Zephyrs faced their parent club Miami Marlins in an exhibition game.

The gridiron made its debut in the fall of 2016 as nearly 50,000 high school football fans attended a series of eight Catholic League games.

In April 2016, a stadium-record crowd of 16,289 packed the facility to see the first major concert in the ballpark's history, performed by Mumford & Sons. Hollywood has also taken notice, 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 next door, 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 Party Shack located in the right-field corner, and the Home Run Porch located behind the left field wall.


Directions to the "Shrine on Airline"

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.