Here in Baton Rouge, we are passionate about sports. LSU and Southern football games are legendary for their spirited fans and pre-game tailgate parties. Hockey might not be your first thought when it comes to Louisiana sporting events, but the fans have already shown their support for their new hockey team. Last winter, a series of exhibition games was held at Raising Cane’s River Center, and the event's success proved that the world is ready for hockey.
You’ll surely have a great time rooting on the Zydeco, but be sure to get there early and enjoy the surrounding attractions. Grab a meal and a drink at one of the nearby restaurants. Enjoy the river view. Take in some of that world-famous southern Louisiana entertainment and enjoy hockey in Baton Rouge!
TEAM OVERVIEW & HOCKEY GAMES SCHEDULE
The Baton Rouge Zydeco is the city’s second time to host a professional hockey team after the Kingfish left in 2003, and the community's excitement is palpable. Nearly 9,000 submissions were received this summer from locals to help the team select a name. The name Zydeco—that funky musical blend of blues, soul, and rhythm and blues—honors the region’s diverse heritage.
The Zydeco’s inaugural season kicks off on October 26 with a three-game series against the Columbus River Dragons and runs through April 13. There are 56 games, half of which will take place in Baton Rouge. Check the team's official website for the full schedule.
WHERE THE ZYDECO PLAY
Located on the eastern shore of the mighty Mississippi River, Raising Cane’s River Center is the epicenter for major events in Baton Rouge. The venue is easily accessible, located mere blocks from Interstate 10, and plenty of hotels, restaurants, and entertainment options are within walking distance.
Parking is available on the adjoining River Road and in the garages on St. Louis Street. There is a fee to park in the garages, and they only accept cards. The venue itself is also cashless and limits what you can bring inside. They have a clear bag policy and strict sizes on what is permitted. Check the website for full details.
PRE AND POST-GAME FUN
You don't have to restrict your fun to just the game itself. Raising Cane’s River Center is surrounded by a host of fun attractions, delicious restaurants, and plush hotels.
From high-end restaurants and casual eateries to vibrant cocktail lounges and laid-back bars, you can savor culinary delights before or after the hockey game.
Stroube’s Seafood and Steaks serves superb surf and turf options, and the restaurant’s wait staff receives rave reviews for their knowledge and excellent service.
Tsunami Sushi is a Louisiana-based restaurant known for its fresh, locally-inspired sushi, and the eye-catching river views from atop their rooftop terrace are spectacular. It’s the perfect spot to catch a sunset before the Zydeco hits the ice.
Craving oysters? Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar has what you need, with eight different preparations of the famed mollusk to enjoy and enticing cocktails.
THINGS TO DO
Nestled against the banks of the Mississippi River, the Riverfront Plaza and City Dock offers walking and biking spaces, artistic exhibits, water gardens, and more along its five acres atop the levee.
The LSU Museum of Art, with its centuries-spanning exhibits, and the Louisiana Art & Science Museum are undoubtedly worth visiting. The River Center Performing Arts Theatre showcases a variety of live performances, from standup comedy to Broadway-style productions.
Expand your knowledge of the state’s history with a tour of Louisiana’s Old State Capitol and Old Governor’s Mansion, or hop aboard the USS KIDD Veterans Museum to explore the WWII Fletcher-class destroyer.
WHERE TO STAY
Instead of heading home after the game, consider extending your stay in one of the beautiful accommodations less than a mile from the action.
The Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center resides within a century-old building that reflects Baton Rouge's historic opulence. As a former favorite among some of the state’s most famous politicians, the building was fully restored to its original grandeur in 2006. The Kingfish Grill specializes in steaks and seafood, and the lobby lounge is open until midnight for small plates and drinks.
Hotel Indigo is a downtown boutique gem housed in a historic Classical Revival-style building that once hosted the Standard Motor Company (1922) and later became the Hotel King (1932). Enjoy modern amenities in a stylish setting with flat-screen HDTVs in every room. Savor Cajun and Creole dining at King Bistro, open for breakfast and dinner.
The WATERMARK Baton Rouge is a 144-room boutique hotel housed within a beautifully restored former bank dating back to 1927. Considered Baton Rouge’s original skyscraper, the building features restored murals by famed New Orleans artist Angela Gregory. During your stay, dine at WATERMARK’s restaurants, Milford’s on Third and The Gregory.
The Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown hotel offers stylish and comfortable rooms and suites, ensuring a restful stay for guests. Its amenities include a vibrant bistro featuring local craft beer and a stunning 9x9 video wall, along with a 24-hour fitness center.
As one of the newest downtown hotels, the Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown provides a range of guest rooms and suites, with several offering picturesque river views. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and access to a fitness center.
CHEER ON THE ZYDECO
Once you’ve figured out your pre and post-game plans, it’s time to cheer on the Zydeco! LET’S GEAUX ZYDECO!