Impact of Super Bowl XLVII may be greater than expected

February 5 2013 | Latest News
"Economic impact of the Super Bowl is expected to be $430 million..."

February 4, 2013
Katie Moore / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS -- The Super Bowl is over and people all across the city are assessing the impact that it had on New Orleans.

Everyone from business owners to locals to tourists wanted to be a part of the event, and all indications are they were. In fact, the number of visitors may have exceeded expectations.

Sites that were bustling with tourists over the weekend were covered with work crews Monday morning.

At the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, crews worked little-by-little to deconstruct the things that were built for the big game, and they only have about a week to do it.

Restaurants like Lucy's Retired Surfer Bar and Restaurant are still reaping the benefits from the Super Bowl, but by Monday it was with bloody marys instead of beer.

“At our highest volume, we do an enormous amount of beer, obviously. So, when we did our order on Friday anticipating what we were gonna do, thought we had everything covered. Saturday morning had to have another 200 cases of beer delivered,” said Deborah Schumacher, general manager of Lucy’s.

They had 150 more delivered on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones who may have underestimated the impact.

“We thought we would see about 150,000 people in the city throughout the Super Bowl week, and the fact that we had that many people coming down to Woldenberg Park, we think that those numbers will creep up and be over 150,000,” said Mark Romig, the executive director of the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation.

Economic impact of the Super Bowl is expected to be $430 million. Romig said those estimates will be verified in the coming days.

“It was nuts. We were having a great time. Until they threw us out,” said Dan Basil, a fan of the Baltimore Ravens who attended the game and then headed out to Lucy’s afterward.

He was one of the many football fans eating out Monday after partying into the wee hours of the morning. The bar did four times the business of a normal weekend.

“I would have to say it was a phenomenal experience, not just for the people who live here, but for the people that came in from out of town,” Schumacher said.

City leaders didn't respond to our requests for information about how the city, including the New Orleans Police Department, handled the response to the Super Bowl.