New Orleans: Cash in on the NBA All-Star Weekend


On top of this month’s Mardi Gras crowds, the NBA All-Star weekend is taking place in New Orleans from Feb. 16-18. Its events are expected to draw thousands of tourists, creating especially high demand for your rides.

Where to Drive


There are two major venues booked: the Smoothie King Center and the SuperDome. You can expect the heaviest demand at the Smoothie King Center after each night’s events.

Road Closures


Just like Essence Fest and Monday Night Football, All-Star weekend will also require road closures to keep its attendees safe. Remember: All for-hire vehicles (including Lyft drivers’) are allowed in the French Quarter during these closures, but no vehicles can cross Bourbon Street between 5 PM-5 AM Friday through Saturday.


Local officials will be enforcing these rules, especially near the gridlock surrounding the dome and arena:

  • Don’t pick up/drop off at taxi stands, in traffic lanes, or in bus zones.

  • Only give rides through the Lyft app, and avoid arranging future rides with passengers outside of the Lyft app.

  • Smile! The city is relying on us to help welcome visitors to New Orleans.

Best Drop-off Points


To keep your rides running smoothly, try using these recommended drop-off points. They’re as close as possible to the venue, while avoiding major closures.


A.      Drive down Poydras Street from Broad St to Claiborne Ave. Drop off at Claiborne Ave., and head back out via Poydras St.

B.      Drive down Loyola Ave. from Tulane Ave. to Perdido St. Drop off at Perdido St., and head back out via Loyola Ave.

C.      Drive down Loyola Ave. from Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. to Girod St. Drop off at Girod St., and head back out via Loyola Ave.


Thanks for helping New Orleans keep basketball fans moving. See you out there!