What to do in New Orleans for the CFP National Championship Game

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New Orleans, Louisiana is known for its creole cuisine, jazz music, and annual celebrations and festivals—the most notable being Mardi Gras. However, on January 13, 2020, NOLA will be home to the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints, will host college football’s two best teams for the right to be crowned the 2019 College Football National Champion.


It’s never too early to plan the itinerary for your trip, especially when you have a lot of options to choose from thanks to all that New Orleans has to offer!



Visit the French Quarter

The French Quarter is the historic heart of New Orleans and is home to the famous Bourbon Street and Café du Monde. Extending over 13 blocks of the French Quarter, Bourbon Street offers jazz clubs, Cajun eateries, bars, and more. You don’t want to miss out on enjoying a Hurricane cocktail (rum, lemon juice, and passion fruit syrup--yum!) while exploring Bourbon Street’s vibrant nightlife!


Bourbon Street Jazz Favorites:

Fritzel's European Jazz Pub

  • 733 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

The Jazz Playhouse

  • 300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Maison Bourbon

  • 641 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130


Distinguished French Quarter Cajun and Creole Restaurants:

Restaurant R’evolution

  • 777 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

New Orleans Creole Cookery

  • 508 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Original Pierre Maspero’s

  • 440 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130


Café Du Monde

800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Satisfy a coffee and dessert craving with famous beignets (fried dough doughnuts doused in powder sugar) and coffee from Cafe du Monde. Open 24 hours 7 days a week, it’s never too early or too late to stop by.


Renowned Bars to Try

There’s no better way to be immersed into a championship game environment than surrounding yourself with fellow fans at a sports bar. Here are two noteworthy options:


1. Walk-on’s 

1009 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Walk-on’s, located just blocks from Mercedes Benz Superdome, is a popular gameday location. Co-owned by Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, Walk-on’s is known for its stuffed burgers and waffle cheese fries. ESPN recognized Walk-on’s as the “#1 Sports Bar America,” so it’s worth adding to your list of places to go!


2. Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap

132 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Whether you enjoy the cochon de lait fries, baby back ribs with chicory sauce or the city’s largest selection of beer on tap (over 50!), prepare to leave this French Quarter restaurant & bar stuffed and satisfied.


Tourist Spots Outside of Bourbon Street

New Orleans Botanical Garden: 5 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Take some time to stop and smell the roses!


Steamboat Natchez: 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Cruise the Mississippi River in an old-fashioned steamboat offering cruises including dining and jazz music!


Mardi Gras World: 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130

Mardi Gras is a few months after the CFP National Championship, but guest can tour the warehouse where the infamous Mardi Gras parade floats are made. 


Go on a Ghost Tour
Find out why New Orleans is named one of the spookiest and most haunted cities in America by going on a ghost tour. Here are some of our favorites:  

  • Haunted History Tours
    • 723 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70119
  • New Orleans Ghost and Vampire Tour
    • 601 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Ghost City Tours in New Orleans
    • 643 Magazine St #304, New Orleans, LA 70130


More Sports!

Make your trip to NOLA a sports double feature by attending a New Orleans Pelicans basketball game at the Smoothie King Center! The Pelicans 2019-20 schedule will be released after the conclusion of this season.


Mercedes-Benz Superdome

College Football Playoff Premium

Top off your time in New Orleans by attending the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game with us! College Football Playoff Premium offers VIP Official Ticket Packages including premium seating, in-venue pregame hospitality, post-game on-field access and more exclusive extras!

2020 CFP National Championship Packages