NEW ORLEANS, La.–While the Super Bowl XLVII kickoff between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers wasn’t scheduled to start until 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the fans who traveled to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. still had plenty of activities to keep them entertained until kickoff.

The National Football League (NFL) set up a Game Day Fan Plaza at the indoor coliseum that was open to Super Bowl ticketholders from 1 p.m. up until 6 p.m.
The event was held at the Champion Plaza and Garages 1 and 2 of the Superdome, and offered interactive games, live entertainment from surprise star music artists and concessions.

Super Bowl ticketholders were also the targets of an entertaining another pre-Super Bowl event as the league hosted the 22nd annual Taste of the NFL at the New Orleans Convention Center Saturday evening from 7 p.m. until about midnight. The event featured top chefs from each of the 32 NFL team markets, paired with a current or former NFL player from each team.

The event also showcased special guests such as cast members from the TLC Network’s television show “Cake Boss” and cast members from the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” show.

Labeled by the NFL as “the party with a purpose,” the Taste of the NFL event was designed to raise awareness and financial support for food banks throughout the nation. The event has donated more than $14 million to help fight hunger since its inception in 1992.

Afterwards, specially selected ticketholders were invited to an outside concert headlined by singer Stevie Wonder near Canal and Bourbon Street. A pre-Super Bowl concert was also staged Friday, Feb. 1 at the New Orleans Sugar Mill featuring performers Journey and the country/western group Rascal Flatts. 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor