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Champions Square will open at 9 a.m. Sunday for Saints-Buccaneers game

Gates will open at 10 a.m.

The New Orleans Saints will take on division rivals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in the first regular season home game of the year on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 12 p.m. To assist fans in preparing for the game, SMG is pleased to provide the following information about Champions Square and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Champions Square will open at 9 a.m., along with club XLIV and Opening Act. All gates at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome open at 10 a.m., with the exception of Gate A Ground Level, which opens to Suite and ADA Patrons at 9 a.m.

The musical entertainment in Champions Square for this game will be provided by Louisiana Spice. Food and beverage will be available throughout the Square, including several fan-favorite food trucks, such as Holy Grill, Triple B's and Superdome Street Cart.

A dance contest will provide fans with a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Saints vs. Buccaneers game. Entry time for the contest is from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., with registration inside the Opening Act and club XLIV at Champions Square.

Additionally, a "Zedd Head" contest will give fans an opportunity to win tickets to multi-platinum, GRAMMY awardwinning artist Zedd's upcoming concert in Champions Square. Fans are encouraged to look for the large "Zedd Head," which will be traveling around Champions Square and Opening Act. Patrons who take a photo with the "Zedd Head" will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the concert on Sept. 28.

Opening Act is an indoor, climate controlled sports bar adjacent to the Square. The space is free and open to the public and offers over 30 HDTVs for patrons who want to pregame in an exciting, air-conditioned environment. For patrons who want to avoid postgame traffic, Opening Act remains open for up to one hour after the game ends.

Pre-game in luxury at club XLIV, an indoor, upscale VIP lounge. Enjoy a premium complimentary cocktail ($10 value) with price of admission $10 (cash only)! Entrance to club XLIV is just steps away to the right of the Champions Square stage. New Orleans inspired dishes created by Food Drunk are available for purchase.

The national anthem will be performed by four members of the Saintsations.

Today's game is presented by Mercedes-Benz. Join us at halftime as Mercedes-Benz celebrates Steve Gleason's iconic blocked punt and four local heroes who have helped make New Orleans 10 Years Stronger.

Patrons should allow for extra time to enter the stadium due to the NFL's security measures. Security at all entrances for both the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Champions Square will include metal-detecting wands, and the NFL's clear bag policy will be enforced. Bags are restricted to one clear vinyl/plastic bag (12" x 12" x 6") per person, and one small clutch purse (6.5" x 4.5" maximum size). The small clutch can be taken in with the larger clear plastic bag, or separately.

For additional information, please visit the Mercedes-Benz Superdome's Saints vs. Buccaneers event page or visit the Champions Square website for information about the Square, Opening Act & club XLIV.

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