Photos taken at the New Orleans Saints preseason home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday, August 17, 2012. Photos taken by Michael C. Hebert.
The Saints will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Dec. 27 at 3:05 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 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 11:55 a.m., along with club XLIV and Opening Act. All gates at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome open at 12:55 p.m., with the exception of Gate A Ground Level, which opens to Suite and ADA patrons at 11:55 a.m.
MoJEAUX will provide the musical entertainment in Champions Square. Food and beverage will be available throughout the Square, including fan-favorite food trucks, such as Diva Dawg and Frencheeze.
Make sure to check out The New Orleans Advocate tent near Gate B exterior to sign up for your subscription and register for a chance to win a gift certificate to nflshop.com. Fans can also win cool prizes at the Copeland's Tailgate Toss Game near Gate B.
Join Ochsner Health System at the Saints Ochsner Pregame Experience! Stop by to get the true game day warm-up experience with one of the Elmwood Fitness Center trainers, visit the Ask the Doctor booth and let the kids enjoy the Doctors to Be photo booth. The Saints Ochsner Pregame will start at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
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). New Orleans inspired dishes provided by Dirty Dishes are available for purchase. One lucky winner will receive two tickets to the 311 Day concerts on March 11 (8:30 p.m. show) and 12 (8:30 p.m. show) at the Smoothie King Center. Entrance to club XLIV is just steps away to the right of the Champions Square stage.
Stop by the Community Coffee Trolley at Gate B to receive a free cup of coffee and other prizes. Also check out Domino's DXP delivery car displayed on the Gate A ground island.
Opening Act is an indoor, climate controlled sports bar adjacent to the Square. The venue is free and open to the public and offers over 30 HDTVs for patrons who want to pre-game in an exciting, air-conditioned environment.
Fans can also meet Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Rickey Jackson for autographs and photos in the Saints Hall of Fame Museum from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Located at Gate B on the Plaza Level, the Museum opens at 12 p.m. and will remain open for 45 minutes after the game. Admission on game day is free for all ticket holders.
Be sure to try your arm at the Chevron football toss and get a Saints-Chevron rally towel and NFL approved bag near Gate D.
The I-10 West on-ramp from West Stadium Dr. (West side of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome) will be utilized for egress. To view an egress map for this game, click here. For any inquiries regarding the I-10 West ramp, please visit the LADOTD's website or contact 1-877-4LA-DOTD (452-3683).
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.