Fan photos from the New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers. Photos by Michael C. Herbet and Rachel Bickert. (New Orleans Saints photos)
The Saints will take on the Detroit Lions on Monday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 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 4:25 p.m., along with club XLIV and Opening Act. All gates at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome open at 5:25 p.m., with the exception of Gate A Ground Level, which opens to Suite and ADA patrons at 4:25 p.m.
Bag of Donuts will provide the musical entertainment in Champions Square. Food and beverage will be available throughout the Square, including fan-favorite food trucks, such as Rue Chow and Triple B's.
Also be sure to stop by the Coors Light stage by Gate H at 6 p.m. to get jazzed up for the game with Big Sam's Funky Nation's pregame concert.
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.
Also stop by the Poydras Street entrance of Champions Square to see "Canstructure - the World's Largest Cruise Ship," built out of canned foods. All cans were donated by Carnival Cruise Lines to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Build out will begin at noon on Sunday, December 20 and will conclude on Monday, December 21 by 3 p.m.
Join Ochsner Health System at the Saints Ochsner Pregame Experience! Stop by Gate B to get your picture taken in the photo booth and enjoy the pregame festivities.
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. Admission into club XLIV provides fans a chance to win a pair of tickets to 5 Seconds of Summer at the Smoothie King Center on Sept. 16. Entrance to club XLIV is just steps away to the right of the Champions Square stage.
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 former New Orleans Saints standout linebacker Vaughan Johnson for autographs and photos in the Saints Hall of Fame Museum from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Located at Gate B on the Plaza Level, the Museum opens at 4:30 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.