NEW ORLEANS -- For some, autumn is marked by the brilliant hues of
fall foliage. For others, it is hearing the similarly colorful
commentary of John Madden on "Monday Night Football."
For the latter set, Destination Management here, official tour
operator of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints for
11 years, offers two-night weekend football packages to the
Not surprisingly, the clientele for these plans is "good old
football fans," said Bob Bourg, vice president and general manager,
leisure division, at Destination Management.
"The fans look at it as, 'Our team will probably win, and even if
they don't, we'll have a great time eating and drinking our way
through New Orleans.'"
Demand for the packages, and the extent of extras offered,
depends largely on what team is playing the Saints on any given
"We had 1,800 on our first home game, Green Bay, and that was
unusually strong," Bourg said, compared with the 700 who were
coming in for the second home game, against Pittsburgh, followed by
a group of 300 for the third home game on Oct. 20, against San
Occasionally, a pregame party will be offered if the team's fan
base warrants it.
In the case of Green Bay, Bourg said fans come from all over the
place because the team has a national following. A catered party
prior to that game was thrown aboard the Creole Queen riverboat at
the Riverwalk, he said.
"We had 1,100 people buy the package with the party included,"
Air can be included in the packages as an option, with transfers
A two-night package to the Oct. 27 Atlanta Falcons game, based
on accommodations at Barrone Plaza or Ramada Inn and Suites, is
$239 per person, double. Single, triple and quad rates also are
The Nov. 24 Cleveland Browns game is priced at $179 per person,
double, for two nights; the Dec. 1 Tampa Bay game, with one nights'
accommodation, costs $129.
Meanwhile, the Dec. 15 Minnesota Vikings and Dec. 29 Carolina
Panthers games are both priced at $169 per person, double, for
Game tickets are upper level, in the corner of the field or the
end zone. A limited number of plaza, club and box terrace ticket
upgrades are available.
Destination Management also offers private luxury suites.
Commission on all packages is 10%.
Destination Management is also the operator for college
football's Nokia Sugar Bowl, and new this season, the NBA's New
Orleans Hornets, who have relocated from Charlotte, N.C.
For information or reservations, call (888) 670-4638 or visit
the Web site at www.bigeasytravel.com.