Super Bowl Survival Guide: New Orleans
These 12 tips ensure you’ll score points on game day
7. Tip your bartenders. Period. New Orleans’s bartenders are famous for their hospitality, so don’t be afraid to show them some love on what will be one of the busiest weekends of the year.
8. Travel to the West Bank of New Orleans via the Canal Street Ferry to get a great view of Verizon’s Super Bowl Boulevard and Woldenberg Park where the iconic Super Bowl Roman numerals XLVII will be placed. This is a prime photo opportunity, and in the days leading up to the big game, expect free concerts along the boulevard.
Game Day Tips
9. "If you’re lucky enough to have scored a ticket, hold on to it," says Romig, the co-chair of the Super Bowl PR Host Committee. “Make sure no one tries to steal it.” You may be proud of your big purchase, but with tickets averaging about $3,000 each, that’s one valuable piece of paper. Guard it accordingly.
10. Security is going to be tight. "Don’t bring unnecessary objects into the Dome," says Romig. Prohibited items include backpacks, laser pointers, outside food and drink, and noisemakers. See a full list of banned items here.
11. "The Superdome is one of the great places for a football game. The food service is first class with local flair," says Romig. "The last thing you want to order, though, is a hot dog or hamburger; spring for something well prepared." For the Super Bowl, in addition to standard concession foods, Centerplate — the Superdome’s official caterer — will offer a menu of classic Louisiana dishes like muffalettas, chicken and sausage gumbo, and alligator chili.
12 "Come to New Orleans to enjoy the people and atmosphere, along with the football," says Romig. New Orleanians are some of the friendliest folks around, so make sure to chat up your seatmates, bartenders, and stadium employees regardless of which team you’re cheering on.