When the Super Bowl comes to a town it brings a super experience along with it. Folks flocked to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on Wednesday for opening day of the NFL Experience. The grand scale event is an expo, a transformed theme park, and an interactive fun fest. Yes there are many sponsors and promotional activities which accompany the 5 day event but it is all taken in stride with the public and many are too busy having fun to notice. They are all there for the opportunity to be a part of Super Bowl history, to see players and great memorabilia, and to enjoy the interactive sporting activities. But to do so everyone must register and sign a waiver for liability purposes, and only then you are issued a wristband to be allowed to participate in the athletic activities. Many children of all ages, including the adult variety, were able to test their athletic abilities by attempting football skill endeavors. Throwing, kicking, and catching footballs were the essential physical pursuits, but there were also trivia and other mental challenges for those potential football history know-it –alls. The only downside is, having to wait in long lines to participate for some of the activities. The NFL Experienced also features the NFL Network vehicle with football shaped trailer containing a live recording room for taking Super Bowl fan predictions. Another super feature is the Play 60 area for children. The Play 60 program is the NFL’s program to promote 60 minutes of daily activity to keep kids moving and healthy. Former Pittsburg Stealer Quarterback Kordell Stewart who is a native of the New Orleans area was one of the former NFL players who greeted children and parents, and signed autographs at the Play 60 area.
The NFL Experience also takes you back in time celebrating the heroes of past Super Bowls and a chronological history of the Super Bowl. Brilliant and colorful displays and endless historic football artifacts also render the NFL Experience a living traveling museum. Throughout the venue videos and NFL film presentations are showcased which add to highlight the great action of which has been what the NFL truly is about. To top off the experience a little New Orleans flavor is presented with musical entertainment for your enjoyment and maybe a needed break to get off your feet for a while. All that entertainment has a $25 ticket price for adults and a little less for a one day visit for children under 14 years old, but there are cheaper ticket packages for multiple days. If one is fortunate enough to attend multiple days that would be highly recommended, because it is rather difficult to take in everything in one day.