The team that became the New Orleans Pelicans has underwent an odyssey, voyaging across the country, with its home base changing until it finally returned to where it began. Unlike the team, the Smoothie King Center has stayed in the same place. With the Pelicans about to begin their new epoch, finding New Orleans basketball parking is to get much more difficult, so it is best to book a Smoothie King Center parking spot ahead of time.
One can think of the Smoothie King Center as the Superdome’s little brother. Located right next to the Superdome, the Arena is a smaller venue, designed for sports with smaller crowds. It has been viewed with favor by the NBA, such that it has hosted NBA All-Star games.
The history of the New Orleans Pelicans is one of the more peculiar stories to come out of the NBA. The New Orleans Pelicans began life as the Charlotte Hornets, and were housed in the then-extant Charlotte Coliseum. The team drafted Larry Johnson in 1991 and Alonzo Mourning in 1992 to help team reach their first successes. Glen Rice also chipped in, but the Hornets never made a deep playoff run and ranked 29th in attendance by the turn of the century. In response, the NBA initiated a deal to move the team to New Orleans, while almost counterintuitively promising a new team for Charlotte (the Bobcats).
The New Orleans Hornets defeated the Utah Jazz (previously the New Orleans Jazz) at their first game in the Smoothie King Center, but didn’t have long to celebrate, as Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. In the aftermath of the storm, the team played at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City before returning to Louisiana in 2007. The team played as the Hornets until 2013, when they became the locally-oriented Pelicans, and the Hornets name returned to Charlotte as the Bobcats are slated to be renamed the Hornets, everything coming full circle. Finding New Orleans Pelicans parking can be difficult, so it is best to book New Orleans basketball parking spots in advance with ParkWhiz.
ParkWhiz is easy; all you need to do is find the game that you want to see, book your Pelicans parking spot and print out your ParkWhiz parking pass. Once that’s done, you can relax and enjoy the game, rather than trying to find Smoothie King Center parking spaces.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What's the refund policy?
All parking passes are eligible for a no-questions-asked full refund prior to the start time on the pass.
To cancel, simply log in to your account on web or in the app, view your passes, and click "cancel".
You can also do this using the "cancel " link at the bottom of the pass itself.
Alternatively, just click the "cancel" link from your confirmation email.
Please keep in mind, once the arrival time has passed, all bookings are non-refundable.
Parking purchased on a partner website or as part of a parking package are non-refundable.
How do I apply a discount code?
If you received a promotional discount code from ParkWhiz, you'll want to be logged into your ParkWhiz account before applying the code on the checkout page. Make sure you’re using the same email address to log in as the one where you received that coupon!
Note that all discount codes will come from ParkWhiz directly. If you received your code from a third-party website, there's a significant chance it will not work. Unless specifically noted, discount codes cannot be used for monthly parking.
If you were issued ParkWhiz credit, the credit will automatically deduct from your total on the checkout page before your next purchase. Be sure you're logged in under the account to which the credit was issued before confirming that purchase, to see the credit applied.
How do I present my my pass on-site?
Easy peasy! As the vast majority of locations in our network accept a mobile pass, this means you can use your phone or other smart device to show proof of your prepaid purchase once you arrive at the parking facility. To be sure, verify the instructions on your pass to confirm the validation method. That section is titled "When You Arrive" in-app or "How To Park" if viewing on a desktop or mobile web.
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If your location does not accept mobile passes, you'll need to print the pass before leaving the house.
Do I have in-and-out privileges?
In most instances, no. The majority of locations on ParkWhiz, including all those in New York City, do not allow re-entry.
If any specific parking facility does allow for you to come & go during the reserved timeframe, you'll see a "Reentry Allowed" amenity icon listed; this is shown in the details section both pre-purchase and post-purchase.
If you don't see anything on the listing page pertaining to specifically to reentry privileges, it's best to assume that you will not be allowed to come and go throughout the duration of your parking pass.
Are there any additional fees on site?
Generally, no. What you see online is what you pay as long as you park within the timeframe on your parking pass. Any time parked outside the arrival or departure listed on your pass will likely incur an additional onsite fee, as determined by the parking provider. ParkWhiz purchases include tax.
The only exception to the above pertains to oversize vehicle fees, which may apply to any vehicle larger than a sedan. Fee amounts vary between individual Parking Operators, and will be assessed on-site if you do not prepay for an oversize vehicle through our platform.
Although pricing structures are determined individually by the facility owner/operator, ParkWhiz prices tend to be cheaper than drive-up in most cases! If you ever feel the rate on ParkWhiz was more expensive than drive-up, take a photo of the price on-site and send us an email! We love deals as much as you do and are eager to ensure you're getting a fair rate.