You don't have to go the actual football game to enjoy special Super Bowl events and experiences in New Orleans during Super Bowl Week 2013. There are free concerts and activities, a football "theme park", volunteer projects, a dinner honoring Archie Manning and more.
Super Bowl Boulevard FREE Fan Event"Super Bowl Boulevard" in New Orleans is a multi-day FREE event that will feature four days of free concerts, interactive fan activities/attractions, live national TV broadcasts and more. Plus this the place to go for a photograph with the giant iconic Super Bowl Roman Numerals. A variety of food and drink will also be available for purchase.
New Orleans Woldenberg Park between the French Quarter and the Mississppi River is the location that will be turned into Super Bowl Boulevard. Visit the Verizon-sponsored event anytime from Jan. 31 through Feb. 3, 2013.
Super Bowl Boulevard is the first event of its kind and a forerunner of a future Super Bowl host-city bid requirement. Similar free public events will be required for future Super Bowls.
This event hopes to be "where Super Bowl lives" all NFL fans and New Orleans is ready to "set the bar" for future host cities with its "inherent assets that lend themselves perfectly toward this concept" according to Jay Cicero who heads both the Super Bowl Host Committee and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. Quint Davis and Festival Productions, of Jazz Fest fame, is producing the event.
FREE Fan GalleryThe Super Bowl website doesn't say much yet about the Media Center Bridgestone Fan Gallery, but it will be FREE and opens on Jan. 30, 2013 at the Morial New Orleans Convention Center.
Media Day for the Super Bowl - Public ticketsThe public may purchase tickets to sit in the stands during the Super Bowl's Media Day at the Superdome. It's a chance to see the preparation efforts inside the dome for the big game and to watch media from around the world interviewing players and big shots on the Superdome floor, as well as see or hear some broadcasts.
Legends for Charity Dinner with ArchieThe Legends for Charity dinner will honor Archie Manning,with the Summeral Award and also benefit the St. Jude Research Hospital. It's on Jan. 31, 2013 at the downtown New Orleans Hyatt Regency, which is also the NFL Headquarters Hotel.
NFL Tailgate PartyThe big NFL Tailgate event is free for ticket-holders ONLY and will be held at the Champions Square and a couple of Parking Garages at the Superdome before Kick-off on Game Day.
Super Saturday of Service - VolunteersOver 1000 volunteers - both local New Orleans area folk and Super Bowl visitors - will volunteer on several projects from 8 am - 1 pm resulting in over 5000 volunteer hours for this Super Saturday of Service. Projects include five new NORD Playgrounds (financed by the NFL, the city and private sponsors) and a Rebuilding Together 10-home repair project in McClendonville neighborhood in Algiers.
NFL Players Only Health EventThis is a FREE event during New Orleans Super Bowl week that is ONLY for former NFL players, but fans may be interested to know about the program. The Player Care Foundation Healthy Body and Mind Screening Research and Awareness Program offer an extensive free medical screening. There will also be a lecture by University of California, San Francisco neurologists entitled "Post NFL Brain Health: What You Need to Know" which is open to all former NFL players and spouses (whether or not they participate in the health screening).
Geaux Greeen IntiativeThe Super Bowl's nod to trendy environmental issues with a list of plans, some very vague so far, for things like planting trees, bike valets, repurposing decorations, education efforts, emissions calculators for fans, recycling stations and other "sustainable practices" holsting sporting good and books drives
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