Shrine on Airline set to begin multi-use era

No formal talks yet on bringing back baseball, rugby ready to go

Chris Miller
January 24, 2020 - 11:22 am

Two weeks from tomorrow, a new era begins at the Shrine on Airline, formerly known as Zephyr Field, as officials begin to explore more uses for the site than just baseball. 

NOLA Gold Rugby kicks off their season Saturday, February 8. Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District chairman Kyle France says with no baseball team, currently, to call the Shrine on Airline home, they're looking to get more out of it.

"We're looking toward maybe a more multi-use of that venue," said France. "The more use that we get out of the venue, the more capital we will be able to invest in the stadium."

Despite talk of a AA baseball team calling New Orleans home, France says nothing official has taken place, and there won't be baseball in Metairie this year. The New Orleans Baby Cakes moved to Wichita, Kansas after the 2019 season, but delayed notifying the LSED that they were breaking their lease, which prevented officials from having meaningful negotiations with any baseball clubs.

"Whether baseball plays a role in that remains to be seen," he said. 

In the meantime, the LSED is exploring getting more concerts in the stadium, and finding ways to make use of the stadium's massive parking lot. The stadium has also hosted prep football in the past.

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