youth sports conference

Plan Your Trip 


The Youth Sports Congress, the NAYS Academy for Youth Sports Administrators and the Athletic Business Show will all take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.




ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER

900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orlean, Louisiana 70130
Phone: 504-582-3000

Directions

Please visit the directions page on the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center website for easy to use directions and a convenient map of the surrounding area.

Parking

Go here for a map of available parking.

Special Assistance

Persons with disabilities or who require special assistance during the conference, please call NAYS at 800-688-5437 or visit the convention center website.


Exhibit Hall

Visit the NAYS pavilion is located inside the expo hall to highlight NAYS sponsors & exhibitors. You can also stop by the NAYS booth to meet our staff and learn more about our current program and resources we are offering.

The expo is the perfect complement to the cutting edge education that the NAYS Youth Sports Congress sessions, NAYS Academy sessions, keynotes and panels provide. 

More than 250 manufacturers, suppliers and exhibitors from the sports, recreation and fitness industries pack the Athletic Business and NAYS Expo floor for a two-day showcase. As an attendee you will meet experts and specialists who can help you find the right products for your facilities and centers.



New Orleans

New Orleans, a premier leisure, convention and business destination, is the location for the 2018 NAYS Youth Sports Congress. With its culture, entertainment, excellent shopping and diverse restaurants, the Warehouse District and French Quarter is sure to provide tons of excitement during your stay. 

Entertainment

Between the exciting nightlife, world renowned shopping and music, unique cuisine, historical architecture and landmarks there is plenty of events to occupy your time. Check out the New Orleans Conventions & Visitors Bureau website to find out more about the excitement of New Orleans.

Shopping

New Orleans shopping - from the French Quarter to Magazine Street - offers an array of retail choices. Options include The Shops at Canal Place, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Riverwalk, as well as hundreds of boutiques, art galleries and antique stores throughout the city. Tax-free shopping offers international visitors even more reasons to experience New Orleans. 

History

New Orleans was founded on May 7, 1718 by the French Mississippi Company and named after the French city of Orleans. The city was under Spanish and French control until it was sold to the United States by Napoleon in 1803 during the Louisiana Purchase. The city grew rapidly with an influx of French, Americans, Creoles, Irish, Germans and Africans who helped establish sugar and cotton crops outside of the city. Being one of the major ports in the United States at the time the city expanded quickly creating a vibrant city that still stands today.

The Big Easy or so New Orleans is often called has two major sports teams, the New Orleans Saints of the NFL which won the Super Bowl in 2009 and the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. The Louisiana Superdome which hosts the Saints has hosted a record six Super Bowls.

New Orleans is also famous for its Mardi Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday in February of each Carnival season. Parades and floats created by krewes throw strings of colorful beads and other items to the audience members as they ride up and down designated streets of New Orleans. The population of the city more than doubles during the celebration week as visitors throughout the world show up to have a good time. 

Geography Facts 

  • New Orleans is the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.
  • After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 an estimated 30% of the population has left the city.
  • Two well-known institutions of higher learning within the city are Tulane University and Loyola University.
  • New Orleans is well-known for its streetcars that run throughout the city.
  • The city of New Orleans is 49% below sea level which can cause issues with flooding from hurricanes and storms.

Weather

New Orleans climate is generally mild and pleasant in November, making it a favorite tourism destination with plenty of entertainment for the whole family. The average temperature in November is a high of 71°F and an average low of 51°F.