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Zephyr Field

Metairie, LA

Home of the New Orleans Zephyrs

3.0

2.6

Zephyr Field (map it)
6000 Airline Dr
Metairie, LA 70003


New Orleans Zephyrs website

Zephyr Field website

Year Opened: 1997

Capacity: 10,000

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The Shrine on Airline

Just outside of New Orleans in the suburb of Metairie you will find what's known as the "Shrine on Airline," Zephyr Field. Zephyr Field features 10,000 chair-backed seats with cup-holders, plus seating for nearly 1,000 on The Levee in center field. Most people when they think of New Orleans think of Mardi Gras, parties and good Cajun cooking. Well all of this and more can be found at and around Zephyr Field. The ballpark currently is the home of the New Orleans Zephyrs who are the AAA affiliate of the Florida Marlins. Zephyr Field is a great to place to catch a game, offering wonderful food, affordable prices, and plenty of entertainment for the baseball fan and his/her family.

3.0

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

The Zephyrs offer typical ballpark staples at the concession stands including hot dogs, corn dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders, nachos, and popcorn. However there are a few New Orleans styled foods you can find, including the very popular Zatarain's Rajun Cajun Jambalaya and Nawlins Red Beans and Rice, both worth the asking price of $7. There are a few more interesting items like cheese enchiladas, tri-color supreme nachos as well as BBQ pork and beef, and pig nachos. The prices are all within minor league standards and you should definitely have no problems finding something to please the palate.

Atmosphere    3

The atmosphere is fair. The Zephyrs put forth effort to make the game a real outing for those in attendance. The fans are decent, but the crowd is usually on the small side especially for a AAA team. Zephyr Field has a couple of neat extras that you won't find at most ballparks like 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. Other than getting a better turnout from the fans, the Zephyrs are doing their best to draw some numbers and give them a real bang for their buck.

Neighborhood    2

Zephyr Field is a good ten minutes from downtown New Orleans and obviously there is plenty to do there, but on Airline Highway where the field is located there isn't a whole lot to do. There are a few places to go off of Airline Hwy. If you came to Airline from Williams Boulevard you should take Williams Blvd. and drive north to Kenner. It will take you straight to the Lake Pontchartrain levee where there is a nice setup for the kids to play in the park area and there is and a beautiful scenery of the lakefront. It's about a 10-minute drive, but whether you are with the family or just with the significant other, it'll be something worth experiencing.

Fans    2

Unfortunately, the Zephyrs fan base isn't very large, even during a nice summer evening. Despite the entertainment they provide with the game it seems people either don't know about it or just aren't interested in it. The fans there though are a feisty group - all coaching from the stands. They seem to have a good time and you can tell they are dedicated regulars.

Access    3

Access to the ballpark is about as easy as you can find. Parking will run you $5, which is never a plus. The ballpark does recover in score with the huge concourses that it has. Bathrooms are plentiful and due to a less than average crowd, you are unlikely to see a line. Overall, there is easy access in and out of the ballpark and the Zephyrs do a great job of making access around the park easy.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets range anywhere from $9-$12 for fixed seats or $6 to get a seat on the levee. Overall with decent ticket, parking and concession prices the Zephyrs are on point as an average minor league experience. If you are in or around New Orleans I would say to check out the Zephyrs schedule. It's worth the investment.

Extras    3

A couple of extra points to distribute out - one going for the pool and hot tubs out in right field. With Louisiana hot summers being able to take a cool dip is always a plus. The last extra point goes to Boudreaux the Zephyr mascot. He's very energized and keeps the kids very well entertained.

Final Thoughts

If you ever decide to come to Zephyr Field, be sure to bring a bathing suit and an appetite. With the Zatarain's stand on site you'll be fired up enough to want to dive in the pool to cool off the rajun taste buds.

Having worked there

... I always thought the ballpark felt WAY too big for the crowd it drew. Had this very structure been built near downtown or the French Quarter, I think it would be rocking and packed more nights on the schedule. But where it is (the thinking was, the abundance of NOLA's suburban populace is in Jefferson County) is so antiseptic and boring and being a Triple-A team these days itself isn't much of a draw, either. That's two strikes.

by roninmobile | Jul 08, 2013 11:42 AM

so sad

I lived in NOLA from 1995 to 2005, so was there when Zephyr Field was built. There were some good crowds, but even by the early 2000's the crowd was sparse on the hot, humid summer nights.

I was back at the end of August 2013 for a visit to NOLA and saw a game. It was so sad. It seems like the franchise has lost all interest in the team. There was less than 1,000 people and half the food stands were closed. I remember discussions about the building of the ballpark and the thinking that suburban location would be a better draw. What a mistake in hindsight. I also think a stadium downtown would have been rockin'

by johntop | Dec 16, 2013 09:38 AM

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Crowd Reviews

Shrine on Airline

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

Just outside of New Orleans in the suburb of Metairie you will find what's known as the "Shrine on Airline," Zephyr Field. Zephyr Field features 10,000 chair-backed seats with cup-holders, plus seating for nearly 1,000 on The Levee in center field. Most people when they think of New Orleans think of Mardi Gras, parties and good Cajun cooking. Well all of this and more can be found at and around Zephyr Field. The ballpark currently is the home of the New Orleans Zephyrs who are the AAA affiliate of the Florida Marlins. Zephyr Field is a great to place to catch a game, offering wonderful food, affordable prices, and plenty of entertainment for the baseball fan and his/her family.

Great time at Zephyr Field

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Whether it's the outfield pool, Boudreaux the Nutria rat, or tasty concessions, you'll enjoy your time at Zephyr Field.

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