NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - As if New Year’s Eve in New Orleans wasn’t huge enough, let’s see what happens as more than a hundred thousand fans in for the Sugar Bowl join the party too.
Being it’s the Crescent City’s first ever college football playoff’s slash New Year’s Eve celebration, those in the hospitality business brace for the onslaught.
“Trucks have been stopping in all day. We have been getting our orders in,” says Spirit’s on Bourbon’s Steve Smith in the epicenter of it all. “When we found out that Ohio State and Alabama were coming we couldn’t wait. So that makes the New Year’s even bigger.”
“There’s no doubt in my mind this is going to be the most epic party that New Orleans has ever seen,” says Eiffel Society’s Roger Ivens preparing for the big Disco Ball 3015 New Year’s Eve shin-dig.
Imagine disco a thousand years from now. Yeah, that's Disco Ball 2015.
Eiffel will transform into a spaceship, hoping to lure people away from the crowded French Quarter, “A good percentage of our crowd is out-of-town folks that hear about us,” says Ivens. “But for an event like this we do attract people nationwide if not internationally. You’re going to see a giant eight-foot diameter disco ball, aerialists hanging from our ceiling. The DJ booth is a UFO.”
Good luck trying to get a hotel.
Online (as of December 29th) only twelve hotels have rooms available New Year’s Eve ranging from a low of $162 dollars in Slidell to a high of $484 dollars downtown.
Any remaining rooms are expected to sell out.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau anticipates an economic impact of close to $200 million dollars.
Tickets are still available for Eiffel Society’s Disco Ball 3015 New Year's Eve Celebration.