New Orleans is known for its charm, history, and food. However, there’s another lesser-known characteristic that stands out about the city: amazing sports fans. New Orleanians love their sports, and as a result, local teams have been able to thrive despite competing in smaller markets. The New Orleans Breakers are just one of those examples. The Breakers were founded in 1984 as an expansion team in the original version of the Arena Football League. They won their first and only championship in 1987, but the team ceased operations after the 1990 season due to financial difficulties. In 2016—almost 30 years later—the league announced that new teams would be added by 2020. One of these was the New Orleans Breakers. For anyone thinking about attending a game or just learning more about this up-and-coming team, keep reading for everything you need to know about the New Orleans Breakers!
What to Expect at a New Orleans Breakers Game
The Arena Football League is known for its high-scoring games and its unique rules that make for an entertaining experience. New Orleans Breakers games are no different! You’re likely to see lots of trick plays, creative end zones, and overall high-flying action! The Breakers play their home games at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. This arena has hosted a number of sports, concerts, and other events. If you’ve never been to a game there, be prepared—the place gets loud! The Breakers have also hosted games at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium and UNO’s Lakefront Arena. As for the pre-game festivities, they’ll vary depending on the opponent. For example, you may see a Mardi Gras-themed show when the team plays the New York Dragons. Other times, the pre-game show may feature cheerleaders or even a dance group.
New Orleans Breakers 2018 Schedule
While the official schedule has yet to be released, you can expect the Breakers to play 12 games at home and 12 on the road. The season will start in late March/early April and end in July. You can find the full schedule here.
Player to Watch JD Philbin
With the current roster being formed, it’s hard to predict which players will be on the team in 2020. However, there is one Breakers player to watch in 2019—wide receiver JD Philbin. Philbin played in the original Arena Football League back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. He was then named the league’s first ever Ironman after playing in every possible game in a single season. He’s back on the field again as a special advisor for the Breakers, and he’s slated to play in the final three games of the season. Philbin is one of the biggest names in Arena Football, so fans should be excited to see him on the field again!
How to Watch New Orleans Breakers Games
Since the Breakers are a new team, they’re still looking for a network to air their games. While the team has yet to find a partner, you can follow them on social media for updates. There are also a number of sports websites that will soon start streaming the Breakers games.
New Orleanians are already proud of our local teams. Let’s continue showing them that we support our city!
New Orleans has a long history of supporting its sports teams—even in the face of tragedy. The New Orleans Saints football team was decimated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when the team’s practice facility and home stadium were both destroyed by the storm. Despite this major setback, the city continued to support the team. And it still does today—even after winning the Super Bowl a few years back! Similarly, the New Orleans Pelicans basketball team has been proud to call New Orleans home since 2002. Even after Hurricane Katrina decimated the team’s home arena in 2005, the Pelicans remained in New Orleans and played the next two years at a smaller venue. Again, the team achieved success after the storm, winning the first NBA Championship in team history in 2018. New Orleans is a sports-loving city, and it’s time to show it! Visit our website to stay updated on Breakers news, visit the Smoothie King Center when they’re in town, and most importantly, bring your friends to the game!