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Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans

superbowl-2013-logoThe city of New Orleans will host Super Bowl XLVII (44) on Sunday, February 3, 2013 between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. This will be the 10th Super Bowl held in New Orleans, tying the city with the Miami area for the most Super Bowls hosted.

Both the 49ers and the Ravens are undefeated in Super Bowl appearances (this the 6th Super Bowl for San Francisco and the 2nd for Baltimore).

This particular game has been nicknamed the Harbaugh Bowl, named for the head coaches of the two teams who are brothers: Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh.

The game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 New Orleans time.

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roadClosed-400×225Today, the City of New Orleans issued an update on street openings and traffic restrictions remaining in place following Super Bowl XLVII.

Scheduled gameday street closures throughout the Central Business District and the French Quarter area will remain in effect until 7 am Monday morning. However, river-bound lanes of Poydras Street from LaSalle to South Claiborne will remain closed. The Poydras exit 234B from I-10 east, Dave Dixon Drive, Magnolia Avenue, West Stadium Drive, Howard Avenue and Sugar Bowl Drive will be closed during this time as well.

Decatur Street will be closed from Wilkinson Row to Madison Avenue from 12 am to 4 am on Tuesday, February 4 and Wednesday, February 5 to allow removal of equipment and temporary structures used during Super Bowl coverage.  Nearly 20 CBS television shows were broadcast in Jackson Square and Washington Artillery Park over the past week.

The Ground Transportation Bureau has worked with horse carriage operators to relocate carriages from the front of Jackson Square to other staging areas from Monday, February 4 through Wednesday, February 6.

The RTA is resuming normal operations on Monday. Residents can access the schedule at

Officials at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport anticipate a large number of passengers flying out on Monday after the game. To accommodate the influx of travelers and expedite the flow of traffic, the New Orleans International Airport is recommending a five step process:

5.         Checkout of your hotel five hours prior to departure.

4.         Turn in your rental car four hours before departure.

3.         Arrive at ticket counter three hours before departure.

2.         Visit security checkpoint two hours prior to departure.

1.         Arrive at terminal gate one hour prior to departure.

The airport in conjunction with the TSA has nearly doubled the number of passenger screening lanes to meet the outbound demand for Monday, February 4, and added additional baggage screening equipment. On Sunday, February 3, TSA checkpoints will open at the normal time and not close until Monday, February 4, after the last flight departs.  Also, concessions will remain open with certain locations remaining open all night to meet traveler’s needs.

Flight information is available at

NEW ORLEANS – They’re calling it “the night the lights went out in Louisiana,” but fans seemed lighthearted about the power outage during the Super Bowl.

WGNO’s Anne Cutler was inside the ‘Dome and spoke with some fans who were rolling with the punches when darkness put the game action on hold.


NEW ORLEANS – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is chiming about the black out that postponed game play for over half an hour during Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The lights in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome didn’t completely go out, but it was enough to halt the game and shut down the air conditioning.

Goodell says the power outage was “unfortunate”, but will not harm our chances of scoring another Super Bowl.

“I do not think this will have an impact on future Super Bowls here in New Orleans,” Goodell said at a news conference Monday morning. “I fully expect we’ll be back here for Super Bowls. I hope we will be back here. We want to be back here.”

Following the super-blackout, Mayor Mitch Landrieu released a statement that read, “The power outage was an unfortunate moment in what has been an otherwise shining Super Bowl week for the city of New Orleans. In the coming days, I expect a full after action report from all parties involved.”

Entergy and SMG, the parent company of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, teleased a joint statement that read in part, “a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system.”

Both parties say they’ll continue to investigate the root cause of that abnormality.

CaptureShortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue.

Backup generators kicked in immediately as designed. Entergy and SMG subsequently coordinated start up procedures, ensuring that full power was safely restored to the Superdome.

The fault-sensing equipment activated where the Superdome equipment intersects with Entergy’s feed into the facility.

There were no additional issues detected.

Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality.

NEW ORLEANS – The Super Bowl parties are just as big as the game itself.

And of all the parties to report on, WGNO’s Tyler Wing and Kenny Lopez had the tough assignment of covering the Playboy Super Bowl Party.

Wing and Lopez join forces then report outside the box, pushing local news to the edge… only to reveal one of the hottest and sexiest parties of the year.

Super Bowl factoids by the numbers.

Sunday night, the Super Bowl appeared to be on its way to being a blowout. But that was before a blackout that left much of the Mercedes Benz Superdome in the dark and stopped play for 35 minutes.
Some fans joked about the outage. Others were genuinely concerned. WGNO’s Darian Trotter reports on the night the lights went out in NOlA.

Super Bowl Sunday is full of surprises.  Tyler Wing reports on two lucky fans who won tickets in a raffle just hours before kickoff.

Many NFL players were winners before the first snap of the Super Bowl.

WGNO’s Anne Cutler was on the red carpet as the league announced its MVP, Coach of the Year, and other awards from the Mahalia Jackson Theatre.