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So You Want to Go to New Orleans...
Jenna Scatena | Photo: Ed Mustapha (via Flickr) | January 24, 2013
Tips for a last-ditch effort to get to Super Bowl City next weekend.
To be realistic, the odds of making it to the Super Bowl are not in your favor. New Orleans hotels, and even most campsites, filled up months ago and flights are climbing above $1,400 from the Bay Area. But for you die-hard fans who are willing to raid your 401k and hitchhike across the country, if that’s what it takes, we commend you. Here are some tips for once you get there.
If a college buddy isn’t offering up a couch to crash on, other housing options are slim. Luckily Airbnb rentals are still available (for a pretty penny) and bedandbreakfast.com may still some open rooms. If you’re going, Gonola.com is a handy visitor iPhone, Android, and iPad app that will help you navigate the chaos and find the best bars and restaurants.
Starting January 31 Super Bowl Boulevard will takeover the riverfront, turning it into an ongoing football festival free to the public, with live music, NFL television broadcasts, and food and beverages. For true NFL nerds, the NFL Experience will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and feature autographs, memorabilia, and games. For a favorite local sports bar, visit Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar.
Alternatively, you can also venture to the greater New Orleans area. Baton Rouge has it’s own airport (about 70 miles outside New Orleans), and is hosting it’s own Super Bowl festivities in addition to providing transportation to New Orleans on game day for those who want to be closer to the action, but can't stay there. Festivities kick off Friday February 1 with tailgate parties downtown followed by a Mardi Gras parade. Come Sunday, the game will be broadcast live from Town Square, which will turn into one giant outdoor party with accompanying tailgates.
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