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This Week at Champions Square & the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Champions Square will open at 9 a.m. on Sunday

The Saints return to New Orleans this Sunday for their 2014 regular season home opener against the Minnesota Vikings. To assist fans in preparing for the big game, SMG is pleased to provide the following information about Champions Square and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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

The entertainment this week at Champions Square is local band Brass-A-Holics. Food and beverage will be available throughout the Square, including several food trucks (Food Drunk, Rue Chow, The Holy Grill, Frencheese, Dixie Concessions, Rotolos Pizza, and Kona Ice Snow Balls).

The newest addition to Champions Square – "The Opening Act at Champions Square" – is an indoor, climate-controlled sports bar adjacent to Champions Square. Opening Act is the perfect place to celebrate with friends before the game and, for fans who do not have game tickets, to watch the Saints and Vikings on the over 30 HDTVs. There is no cover charge and there will be food and beverage specials starting at kickoff. For fans wishing to avoid postgame traffic, Opening Act will remain open one hour after the game.   

The newly-renovated club XLIV is $10 (cash only) to enter, which includes a complimentary cocktail and entrance into the door prize. The giveaway this week is two tickets to Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Boudin, Bourbon & Beer Festival in Champions Square on Nov. 7.

In club XLIV there will be entertainment provided by DJ G-Cue, and exclusive food for purchase provided by Food Drunk, including the Chicken and Waffle Sandwich, the Gulf Shrimp and Grit Cake, the Saints Burger, Louisiana Crab and Crawfish Mac and Cheese, Drunken Shrimp, and Duck Fat Fries. The featured drink is the Ciroq Pineapple Specialty Cocktail for $7.

SMG New Orleans reminds all Saints fans that the additional security measures instituted by the NFL in 2013 remain in place. Fans should arrive early and allow for extra time to enter the stadium. 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 should be approximately the size of a hand, and can be taken into the stadium with the larger clear plastic bag, or separately.

For more information and traffic maps, SMG encourages fans to visit the Mercedes-Benz Superdome's Saints vs. Vikings event page at:

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