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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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During Super Bowl week, the Crescent City may as well have been named Celebrity City.

Kenny Lopez goes searching for — and finds — a lot of stars.

Hundreds of thousands of Super Bowl XLVII visitors are starting to pack the downtown corridor.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is reporting the 37,000 hotel rooms in the metro area are all sold out.

Of those rooms 22,000 are in the downtown area.

The projected economic impact of the Super Bowl is an estimated $423 million.

Restaurants like Oceana Grill in the French Quarter are already reporting an increase in sales.

Managers at the Roosevelt Hotel on Baronne say this is the busiest weekend they’ve had since the hotel reopened in 2009.

“Beginning last night, tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday night the hotel has been sold out probably for four or five months,” said General Manager Todd Chambers.

“Not only did we have to hire extra people for this event, but we’ve had to open longer hours,” said Oceana Grill co-owner Moe Bader. “People are having a good time eating and drinking and enjoying themselves.”

City leaders are excited about showcasing improvements that have been made since Hurricane Katrina.

Chef Forgione will be at Macy’s Lakeside on February 2. Call ahead to reserve your seat: 504-484-4690.

(News with a Twist – 2/1/13)

There are almost as many TV reporters as other Super Bowl guests in New Orleans these days! That includes Maria Menounos, the host of Extra and Dancing with the Stars competitor.

WGNO’s Vanessa Bolano followed Maria, while Maria followed the stars.

(News with a Twist – 2/1/13)

“This is what goes on here! The party starts right away!”

As Super Bowl revelers continue to arrive, beads, bands, and bands, and a lot of helping hands are here to officially welcome fans from all around the world in a way that’s uniquely New Orleans.

“It’s very welcoming. Everyone is offering to help you.”

“We’re just here greeting and welcoming all of the visitors in,” the members of the Voodoo Welcoming Committee told WGNO’s Catherine Shreves.

Yes, even before the fans hit the streets of the French Quarter, the concourses and baggage claims of Louis Armstrong International Airport are featuring a welcoming committee and live music by some of our great musicians.

“Thursday and Friday from 9 to 9 and Saturday from 9 to 1,” according to the airport’s Michelle Wilcut. “We’ve got Rebirth, we’ve got the Iguanas, the Pinstripes, the Pinettes.”

And included in the airport’s recent multi-million dollar facelift, Wilcut says some of our best and most beloved local restaurants will feed Super Bowl fans whether they’re coming or going: “We’ve got Dooky Chase, we’ve got Ye Old College Inn.”

Whether you’re routing for the Ravens or the 49ers, both sides agree: the best part about Super Bowl XLVII is that it’s in New Orleans!

And when the game is over and it’s time for the thousands of other fans to say farewell to the Crescent City these welcoming committees will be here bright and early Monday morning to say goodbye.

“We have volunteers coming in at 2:30 in the morning to say thank you, give them a pin that says ‘you were at the Super Bowl,’ and hopefully they will come back again!”

Terrell Owens and Pat the Roc will be involved in the Gridiron Celebrity Hoops tournament on Saturday, February 2 at Xavier University.

Details on their website:

(News with a Twist – 2/1/13)

Want to know where to eat, drink or be merry while you’re in New Orleans? There’s an app for that!

WGNO’s Curt Sprang shows us how high-tech the city is becoming.

(News with a Twist – 2/1/13)

Something new for Super Bowl tourists this year: you can get a birds-eye view of New Orleans with the new city sightseeing tours.

Hop on one of these bright red, double-decker buses and Bob Bell says, “You get a view that’s second to none.”

Tour guides like Bell are helping tourists and locals alike experience New Orleans in a whole new way.

“I’ve been doing this for 2 years,” Bell explains. “I do it because I love the history of the city. I think we live in the most interesting city in the United States.

And his love for and knowledge of for the city is pretty obvious. Bell is a self-proclaimed New Orleans history buff.

In all, riders get 2 hours, 12 stops. Once the tour is over, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ll learn something new about New Orleans.

“You get a bird’s eye view of the Quarter, Treme, the Marigny, the Garden District, the Central Business District, we go by the Superdome.”

There are always sexy activities going on in New Orleans, but whent the Super Bowl is in town, you really have to kick it up a notch.

WGNO’s Kenny Lopez gets a preview of the Playboy Super Bowl party.

(News with a Twist – 2/1/13)