As you’re reading this, the very powerful seafood lobby is pursuing a bid to purchase naming rights for New Orleans Arena, home to your New Orleans Hornets. The┬áLouisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board is thinking of investing some of the $30 million that they received after BP spilled all that oil in their fisheries.

That’s right — we might be seeing our very first food-themed arena in the NBA, as long as you don’t count the Salt Palace and Taco(ma) Dome. I’m sure the owners of the Pepsi Center are thrilled for this possibility, since they’ve been trying to quench other arenas’ thirst to no avail.

We need to be prepared. Here are some suggestions, should the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board succeed in their quest:

  • Red Lob-city
  • The Clam
  • N.O.’s Crab Shack
  • Gator Bowl
  • The Bait Shop
  • Shrimp n’ ‘Nets Pavilion
  • The Bubba Gump Basketball Company
  • Alligator Arena
  • Reel Club
  • Enchantment Under the CBA
  • The Swamp
  • Crabsketball Center
  • Captain’s Quarters
  • Oyster Bed
  • New Orleans Arena and Fishery
  • Louisiana Seafood Stadium and Basketballery
  • The Tackle Box
  • Barataria Bay Basketball Building
  • Hush Puppies Place
  • Bass-ketball Court

There are a lot of options here. I just want the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to know what they’re getting in to so they can make the right choice. If you have any ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Comments (17)

  1. The actual name that has been floated around is the “Louisiana Seafood Arena, Seasoned by Zatarain’s,” which I feel is at least as ridiculous as some of the ones you got up there. Really hoping this happens.

  2. The Tackle Box would be pretty cool, actually.

  3. That name change is good bait to lure John Salmons to play there. Yeah?

  4. I’m all for the Louisiana Steam Pot and they could have halftime races between a crawfish, an andouille sausage, an ear of corn, and a potato.

    It’s hard to win in the Steam Pot!!!

    • Only issue with that is that no one steams seafood in Louisiana. Maybe the “Boiling Pot.”

      Also, they already have a “race” on the jumbotron with a crawfish, a crab, and an oyster. If you have the winning crustacean in your program, you win some sort of seafood-related prize.

      • I appreciate the info. I was using steam pot as the general term for the boiled seafood pot that includes crawfish, shrimp, crab legs, potatoes, corn, and sausage often served in a bucket. I think restaurant’s just like the name better, but I agree it is misleading. Don’t believe I’ve ever had a steam pot that wasn’t actually boiled.

        Here in Atlanta they would occasional have half-time races with fans in various foam costumes representing items on the Applebee’s menu (ribs, wrap, and steak I think). Both humorous and depressing at the same time.

  5. The Grouperdome

  6. Long Ball Silvers

  7. isnt it amazing that they can spend that BP oil money on naming a basketball arena? i thought that money was to pay for removing all the oil from the beaches? what happened to that?

    sounds like a good use for the money

  8. Food-themed NBA historians have argued that the Checkerdome (St. Louis Bombers) should be included in your list, seeing as how it is named after the checkerboard logo of Purina pet foods. Some of the fringe food-themed NBA historians have lobbied for the Cow Palace in California to be included, with little success.

  9. Please let it be The Bait Shop. that would be great.

  10. The Krusty Kaman

  11. Eric Gordan’s Fisherman Dome

  12. Gator done

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  13. Ready?

    The Marina Arena!!!

    The Seaman Center…oh wait

    The Salt-Water Palace !
    –> (nod to UJ history)

  14. oh and an alternative:

    Lil’ Weezy’s House of Threezy’s

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