Yesterday's settlement on the Super Bowl Clean Zone may have left some wondering how, exactly, New Orleans city government could have drafted an ordinance with such obvious constitutional issues: sanctioned and permitted signs only, 60 percent NFL branding or "feel" in order to obtain a permit.
The answer is that neither the Landrieu Administration nor City Council invented any of this. The Clean Zone, as defined under the original, pre-consent judgment ordinance, has been around at least since last year's Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement's Super Bowl XLVI Information Packet, published in October, 2010, shows that city's Clean Zone ordinance was virtually identical to the New Orleans law, including the vague/bizarre 60 percent NFL branding requirement.
HAYWARD (CBS SF) — An East Bay couple is out nearly $6,000 after falling victim to a scammer offering fake tickets to the Super Bowl.
The Osgood family found four seats for sale on Craigslist through an individual claiming to be a Baltimore Ravens season ticketholder. The cost seemed fair — $5,900, about double the original price.
After talking the deal out through text and email messages, the couple wired the funds cross country. When the package arrived from the seller, all it contained was a printed note that said "Enjoy the game!!!! Go Ravens!!! LOL.”
The San Jose Mercury News had more:
Osgood, a season-ticket holder at Candlestick Park for four years, and her boyfriend have bought seats in the new Santa Clara stadium and were planning to go to the Super Bowl in New Orleans with two other family members in their RV. They still plan on going — even if it means watching the game at a bar on Bourbon Street.
(Possible San Francisco Chronicle headline, Mon. Feb. 4: "LOCAL COUPLE LOSES $500 IN BIG EASY STREET BET OVER ORIGIN OF SHOES.")
Inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, construction crews rushed to wrap the 850,000 square feet space that is the NFL Experience, the Super Bowl-driven football circus/playground tailored to its host city and football fans who likely didn't score a ticket to the big game. Among the dozens of peripheral Super Bowl fan activities, it's the NFL's trademark Super Bowl attraction, and it returns to New Orleans for the first time since 2002 — but it's a much different monster.
Occupying several halls inside the convention center, the NFL Experience for Super Bowl XLVII features "museum quality" exhibits, like team histories, a radio-room exhibit of "great calls in NFL history," locker room simulations, and items on loan from the NFL Pro Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio — the first time the NFL has hosted a Hall of Fame installation at the NFL Experience. It will also host NFC and AFC championship trophies and Super Bowl rings.
Deuce McAllister will deliver the Lombardi Trophy on a red carpet 3 p.m. Wednesday, which is also NFL Play 60 Kids Day. The "NFL Rush Zone for Kids" has a smaller-sized field (with goal posts) and other kid-sized football activities. Athletes also will appear to sign autographs — check here for the autograph schedule — and there are auctions and a trade and collectible show.
Tickets are free and will be handed out on a first-come first-serve basis at HOB Friday morning beginning at 5 a.m., so if you're interested, plan your week accordingly. It's billed as "an intimate performance." (How intimate, and does Faith Hill know?)
Full info under the jump ...
Jim Harbaugh and his 49ers arrived in town Sunday evening while John Harbaugh and his Ravens arrive Monday afternoon. This isn’t the first time the brothers will face one another as both teams were the Thanksgiving night game last season with Baltimore beating visiting San Francisco 16-6.
The 49ers were led then by quarterback Alex Smith who had a game to forget as he was sacked nine times to snap an eight-game San Fran winning streak at the time. Colin Kaepernick is now under center and both the 49ers and Ravens offense has grown since the 2011 meeting.
San Francisco will practice all week at the Saints training facility while the Ravens will call Greer Field at Turchin Stadium home. Tulane’s baseball stadium has been re-striped to a football field in the outfield from left to right.
It's about to get real busy, you guys. The flurry of activity downtown and the constant blog entries, tweets and carrier pigeons are there to remind you there's a Super Bowl storm a'comin'. Music venues and bands are working in OT, and while you're downtown throwing yourself into the heart of the sun (or actively avoiding it), there's plenty to check out — you can peruse our comprehensive music calendar.
I've rounded up a chunk of upcoming gigs (excluding invite-only red herrings hosted by corporate sponsors). Here you go:
Saturday, Jan. 26:
Katey Red, Cheeky Blakk, Magnolia Rhome and others, 10 p.m.
Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855
Bounce artists and DJs hit Siberia for a South by Southwest fundraiser and subsequently all-nighter bounce party. Admission $10.
Art Neville's 75th birthday celebration, 10 p.m.
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477
Charles and Cyril join Ivan and Ian for a massive Neville family reunion of sorts. Tickets $45.
Sunday, Jan. 27:
Super Bowl 47 is all set as it will be a battle of two teams led by the brothers Harbaugh Jim and John. Sunday’s NFL Conference Championships were won by a pair of teams that captured their moment of redemption.
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