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SBD/January 25, 2013/Events and Attractions
Super Bowl XLVIII Announces Plans Surrounding Next Year's Game At MetLife Stadium
Published January 25, 2013
COUNTY LINES: In Ft. Lauderdale, Craig Davis notes Broward County could "become a bit player as a Super Bowl host" if the Dolphins receive financial support for stadium improvements from Miami-Dade County. Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said that the team would "even consider moving their training facility ... if Miami-Dade helps fund renovations to Sun Life Stadium." The Dolphins would ask to "designate downtown Miami as the focal point for activities during the week of the game" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 1/25).
PARTY CRASHERS: U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt indicated that New Orleans "must scale back its plans for a 'clean zone' where the use of banners, signs and flags would be restricted during Super Bowl week." Engelhardt’s "temporary restraining order says the city can only enforce the limits in an area near the Superdome." The AP's Michael Kunzelman notes the city also had "planned to enforce the rules in the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods." The ACLU of Louisiana in a lawsuit claimed that "a new city ordinance and a code enforcement guide trample on their free speech rights and limit their activities leading up" to the game. The ACLU claims that New Orleans "adopted the new policies at the behest" of the NFL (AP, 1/25).
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Cell phone companies said that they have "expanded service coverage in New Orleans in anticipation of massive crowds drawn to the big game and Carnival season." AT&T spokesperson Sue Sperry said that the company has "worked to boost its wireless coverage by installing three new distributed antenna systems near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and another seven at hotels." Verizon has "put a temporary cell site in place near the French Quarter" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 1/25).