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New Orleans Super Bowl XLVII: Why It's Going To Be The Biggest Ever

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

From Mardis Gras to the renovated Superdome, New Orleans will be at its most accommodating.

New Orleans Super Bowl XLVII: Why It's Going To Be The Biggest Ever

Super Bowl XLVII will take over New Orleans Sunday Feb. 3 and some are saying it's going to be the biggest ever. Not necessarily because of the teams that will be playing but because of the work and extravagances going into the Super Bowl experience for visitors, city residents and attendees. Read how the fan experience, Mardi Gras and Stadium enhancements are going to make Super Bowl XLVII a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those heading to New Orleans.

It's All About The Fans

The city of New Orleans is taking every step necessary in making Super Bowl XLVII safe and fun for residents and visitors.

Expect road blocks and alternate route changes throughout the city, safety cones, safety poles like secure key locking bollards, and electronic message boards are slowly but surely popping up all over the city to prevent chaotic traffic jams near the event. The Super Bowl XLVII site expresses that residents and visitors in the downtown area will see several roads and an exit near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome closed.

But safety only scratches the surface on what Super Bowl XLVII is providing for fans. The NFL has opened the gateway of the media to the public by inviting fans to purchase tickets and attend Tuesday Media Day for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis and on game day in New Orleans; where fans can observe interviews on radio row and watch reporters work at the Convention Center.

New Orleans football fans are also invited to the NFL Honors Awards Show at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on Feb. 2 where awards like MVP and Best Coach of the year are awarded. On game day early-birds to the game can experience Game Day Fan Plaza, with beverages, food, and activities available outside of the Superdome.

“Our approach is very different now, our game day experience doesn’t start when you walk through (Super Bowl grounds),” said NFL senior vice president of events Frank Supovitz, to The Times-Picayune, “it starts where people park, where people roll out of their hotel rooms.”

Fans will be greeted by he 36-foot high roman numerals, XLVII on the north side of the stadium along Super Bowl Boulevard.

Mardi Gras Festivities Will Be Going Full Force

The excitement of the Super Bowl will only be half of the festivities in New Orleans as residents will be preparing for Mardi Gras on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Mardi Gras parades and events begin Jan. 19, with five parades happening Feb. 2. Bars and restaurants will be offering Mardi Gras drink specials, activities and entertainment.

The Stadium Is Better Than Ever

The stadium has completely recovered from 2005's Hurricane Katrina devastation, being built into a $336 million state-of-the-art multipurpose stadium, according to ESPN. Although this number may seem high, relative to most stadium costs it is low; the Cowboys stadium totaled at $1.3 billion.

On the Superdome website, SMG Senior Vice President Doug Thornton says after Hurricane Katrina, a strategic vision to recreate the building into an ultra-modern stadium to re-ignite a major economic engine, secure the Saints long-term, and return an icon to the New Orleans skyline would be done.

Since 2010, the stadium has experienced $85 million in enhancements. In 2010 the 15 private luxury box suites were added to the venue along with a state-of-the-art press box, a 3,650 square foot team store and a 5,000 square foot expansion to the team's locker room. In 2011 improvements were made to the sightlines and new lower bowl seating was installed, adding 3,400 seats. An LED lighting system replaced the “wash lights” on the stadiums exterior and the plaza level concourse was expanded. Not to mention that on Oct. 4, 2011, the Superdome was renamed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

This is a guest post by Henry Carter. Born in New York, Henry recently moved to Florida to get a warmer perspective in his writing.

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