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Super Bowl XLVII: Insider’s Guide From New Orleans

The biggest, grandest, most-watched single event in American sports is coming to New Orleans on February 3, 2013. We have an inside look on how to not only enjoy the game, but how to actually get involved with the charming city of New Orleans! Don’t just watch the game… if you’re in New Orleans, be a part of the game!

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Verizon Super Bowl Boulevard 

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Free to the public, Verizon Super Bowl Boulevard will open on Thursday, January 31st and run daily until Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd. Complementing the public entertainment, broadcast, and celebratory offerings on Super Bowl Blvd., fans of all ages will have opportunities to interact with numerous NFL and Host Committee partner events. The main attraction, the larger-than life XLVII roman numerals, standing at 30 feet high and over 100 feet wide, stand for everyone to take pictures that will last a lifetime. Celebrate New Orleans’ Perfect 10th Super Bowl with a true New Orleans-style festival! Make sure to grab a bowl of N’Awlins Gumbo, Jumbalya, Beignets, and Bread Pudding as you stroll down Super Bowl Boulevard.

Rebuilding Together’s 18th Annual Super Bowl Sanctioned Event – Kickoff to Rebuild 2013: New Orleans 

Kickoff to Rebuild is an annual NFL sanctioned event hosted by Rebuilding Together. For 18 years, Rebuilding Together has partnered with the NFL in Super Bowl cities across the country, rebuilding houses and bringing together neighborhoods, home by home, block by block, because everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home.
Take a look at last year’s Kick Off to Rebuild in Indianapolis:

 

The NFL Experience

(Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center)

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Experience the best NFL experience that one city has to offer, with games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids’ football clinics, free autograph sessions- it is the largest football memorabilia show ever! For the entire weekend the hall will be filled with displays of past Super Bowls and the immortals who starred in them. Youngsters will have opportunities to punt, run and pass and be scored on their efforts. And, at various times, key players both past and present will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs. Schedules of these times will be posted and more details about the NFL Experience can be found at their website, www.nfl.com/superbowl/nflexperience.

Super Saturday of Service

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On the eve of Super Bowl XLVII, the Super Bowl Host Committee will hold its premier community initiative, Super Saturday of Service.  The program will showcase collaboration between the Host Committee, NFL, City of New Orleans, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), Young Leadership Council (YLC), the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals (ULGNOYP), and the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity that provides improvements to five NORDC playgrounds and their surrounding neighborhoods.

The NFL Foundation annually provides a $1 million matching grant to each Host City, typically to be used to fund the development of its Youth Education Towns (YET Centers).  Having a direct impact on the local community is a major focus of the NFL. Since the NFL provided a YET Center for New Orleans for Super Bowl XXXVI, the NFL agreed to creating a new initiative for Super Bowl XLVII.  After several months of planning and collaboration with the City of New Orleans, NORDC, and the NORD Foundation, the Super Saturday of Service was developed.

The Super Saturday of Service will result in the renovation and beautification of five NORDC playgrounds and facilities, along with improvements on the NFL YET.  Funds from the City of New Orleans, the NORD Foundation, and NFL Charities will be used to complete major capital improvement projects at the Lyons Center, Hunter’s Field, Kingswood Playground, Harrell Stadium and Pontchartrain Park prior to Super Bowl XLVII.

Super Bowl Fan Jam

(February 2, 2013)

Super Bowl Fan Jam is a free concert series that will feature some of today’s hottest performing and recording artists. In years past performers have included such megastars as Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Gym Class Heroes, Steven Tyler and many others. Check local listings and the NFL Experience website to see who’s coming to rock the Big Easy and which stage they will be performing.

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New Orleans has such a rich culture and is truly a great place to visit! Being from New Orleans, I know that you have to be a part of the city to get the full experience! In addition to the great food, music, and culture, take advantage of the above once in a lifetime events and opportunities! Don’t just watch the game, but actually make your mark in the city. Let it be known that you were here!

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