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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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NFL Shop Opens to the Public

Fans started lining up before the NFL Shop opened to the public Friday morning, wallets in hand, ready to spend some money.

At least 80 people were in line when the doors finally opened. Once inside, they didn’t blink at the prices: official jerseys, $135; a regulation size Wilson football, $150.

Shoppers browsed tons of Super Bowl memorabilia like banners, team helmets and even shot glasses ($11).

And it’s not just Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers gear. All 32 NFL teams are represented.

“I’m hoping to find something that I can only find here,” Ravens fan Matthew Carey told WGNO’s Jon Huffman. “And then sell it on eBay or hold it for ransom for relatives or something like that.”

“I brought lots of money,” confessed Nicole Morrow. “We’re helping the economy and the NFL, cause they need it.”

The most popular team in the store this morning weren’t the Ravens or 49ers … no, it was the New Orleans Saints.

Chef Lenny Martinsen will be feeding over 70,000 people at the Superdome during the Super Bowl.

(Good Morning New Orleans — 02/01/13)

WGNO’s Molly Rosenblatt went behind-the-scenes as GMA got ready for the live show in New Orleans ahead of the Super Bowl.

NEW ORLEANS – Direct TV’s blimp is in New Orleans for the Super Bowl and WGNO’s Tyler Wing got a got an exclusive flight.

Fueled with 100 octane gas in the prop engines and helium to make it rise, Direct TV’s blimp has been flying high above major sporting events for five years.

The aerial footage camera operates from the inside while the actual camera is attached to the outside.

Pilot Jeff Capek uses foot pedals to steer and  a wheel on the side of his seat to control elevation.

Direct TV is also spearheading their annual Celebrity Beach Bowl on Saturday morning next to Mardi Gras World.

Come watch professional athletes and celebrities go head to head playing flag football for a free family event with some great music.

For more info on Direct TV’s Celebrity Beach Bowl click below.

NEW ORLEANS – Thousands of people excited about Super Bowl XLVII gathered Thursday night at Woldenberg Park for a ceremonial celebration.

The enthusiastic crowd cheered as the Super Bowl XLVII Roman numerals arrived on the Mississippi River by barge.

The numerals stood 30-feet high and more than 100-feet wide.

The music and light show on the barge was punctuated by a spectacular fireworks display.

“I think it’s incredible!” “I think it’s incredible for us the citizens of New Orleans, I think it’s incredible for the city,” said New Orleans native Eli St. Julien. “I think it’s incredible for anyone willing to come down here and take advantage of it.” “It’s a wonderful thing.”

The celebration at the riverfront was the first of a four-day football and music festival at Woldenberg Park.

The event features live music from local bands.

It’s free and open to the public.

Chef Chris Lusk & Chef John Folse from Restaurant R’evolution shows us how to prepare a great Super Bowl appetizer. (News with a Twist – 1/31/13)

Joey Faugno and Mauro Castano from TLC’s Cake Boss will be making a special creation for the Taste of the NFL event before the Super Bowl. Details are on the web: and (News with a Twist – 1/31/13)

We’ve got a lot of legends in New Orleans for the Super Bowl, including some who learned the game in our own local high schools!

WGNO’s Kenny Lopez went head-to-head with New Orleans’ own Marshall Faulk!

(News with a Twist – 1/31/13)

Whether it’s the 49ers or the Ravens who walk away with the win at the Super Bowl, every restaurant, bar, hotel, and retail shop is hoping to cash in big! That’s especially true for locals selling big ticket items from jewelry to real estate.

“We’re going to be so busy,” says real estate agent Finis Shelnutt.

Shelnutt, who became somewhat of a celebrity in the months after Katrina for feeding first responders in the French Quarter, says while the hotels and renters may be making a small fortune this weekend, what he’s looking forward to are the fans who fall in love with the Crescent City and decide to make this at least one of their homes.

“Most of them are like little toys,” Shelnutt explains. “They are like second and third homes for them.”

And Shelnutt says he’s already seeing signs that this weekend will be a big success: “People that are calling me, they are setting up appointments, they are wanting to see real estate.”

Shelnutt says he’s seen some great real estate impulse buying for the rich and (sometimes) famous during big city events before, like Mardi Gras the final four and even during the holidays.

“I’ve sold property on Christmas Eve unexpected,” he says. “Walking down the street, come into my office. This is going to happen this week. It will happen with the people flying in.”

Landmark Aviation at Lakefront Airport is one of the 3 private air fields where the rich and famous will arrive.

“We’ll see probably 6 weeks worth of aircraft in 4 days,” explains Addie Fanguy. “Probably 3/4 of the airport will be covered in planes.”

And some of those planes worth tens of millions of dollars, according to Fanguy: “We have the new Gulfstream 650 which is the fastest business jet on the market now.”

Local fine arts and jewelry store owner Rick Sutton says high end businesses on Royal Street are more than ready for the private aircraft to arrive.

“They’ve been working on the streets for quite some time, so it’s been hard on all businesses on Royal Street, so this is a big weekend for us,” Sutton said.