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SB Wrap: Blackouts, Shoutouts, and Boots on the Ground

The Super Bowl is over, and officials decided to have one last press conference to congratulate each other on a (mostly) successful host city performance. Mayor Mitch cracked a few blackout jokes, announced some impressive figures, and thanked everyone who contributed in the last few months.



Da’ Mayor opened up the presser with a joke. “I read this on twitter and I agree. Who hasn’t blacked out in New Orleans before?” Landrieu joked. Aside from one dark spot, the Super Bowl was a major success. There were 1200 members of the NOPD on the ground, “complemented by 300 police officers from the state, Jefferson Parish, and other regional law enforcement agencies,” said Landrieu.



One point of pride for Da’ Mayor is that all of the pre-Super Bowl projects were completed on time for the big event. Landrieu also mentioned that 120 public works staff, 160 airport employees, 70 people from transportation, and many more worked around the clock to maintain order in New Orleans. The Fire Department responded to over 1000 incidents, and there were five pyrotechnic shows.


After over $300 million in renovations, airport improvements paid off. Monday alone, 41,561 passengers left the city. The average wait time for them at the airport—ten short minutes.


Superintendent Ronal Serpas said the game was a massive success for his officers. Serpas shared a story about one officer who retrieved a Ravens baseball hat from the ground and chased after its owner. While NOPD is relieved to have jumped the Super Bowl hurdle, Serpas said, “For us, that was only the third quarter, the fourth starts tomorrow night at 7pm,” he said, referring to Mardi Gras madness.



There were 1200 members of the NOPD on the ground, “complemented by 300 police officers from the state, Jefferson Parish, and other regional law enforcement agencies,” said Landrieu.



Super Bowl XLVII was the third most watched in television history, and New Orleans hosted 5,200 members of the media for the game. Officials thanked Quint Davis for Super Bowl Boulevard, which turned out to be a bigger success than anyone on the host committee imagined. The Quint Davis-produced festival attracted 150,000 attendees, many of them locals.



Another point Landrieu emphasized was the lasting legacy of Bowl games for New Orleans. “First ever Super Saturday of Service with five NORD sites getting over an additional two million dollars of improvements in addition to other capital improvements,” said Landrieu.



Co chairs Mary Matalin and James Carville spoke, and Matalian said the Super Bowl was the Mayor’s “walk the walk version of the ‘one team, one fight, one voice, one city.” Carville used his time to thank the 17,000 volunteers who filled 13,000 shifts.



Rita Benson Leblanc said a few words, commending everybody for their hard work, adding, “Jay Cicero really is our Quarterback.”



Of course, reporters wanted to know about the blackout. When asked if the electrical issue would affect Nola’s chances for a 2018 Super Bowl bid, Landrieu cited Commissioner Goodell’s statement on the issue and said, “those 34 minutes will not overshadow the near-perfect Super Bowl week.” However, Landrieu admitted that, when the power went out, his “heart stopped.”




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