LSU and Saints games bring big bucks for businesses

LSU and Saints games bring big bucks for businesses

For Roger Guidry and the visitors rolling in and setting up at the French Quarter RV Resort, this weekend is about one thing: football.

"We'll have the party of the LSU game tomorrow night," Guidry explained. "Then we tailgate downtown Sunday morning, and hopefully, we'll watch the Saints win."

Guidry and his group aren't alone. The next two days are a big draw for visitors.

"It's going to be crazy. We have 52 sites for 52 RVs, and we're fully booked. We have been for weeks," said Nicole Miranda, a reservation specialist with French Quarter RV Resort. The park says it will see hundreds of people, from San Francisco 49er fans in town for Sunday's home game to those cheering on the Crimson Tide tomorrow.

A few blocks away on Bourbon Street, football fanatics are easy to spot.

"We're here for a bachelor party and the game," said Bill Purewal, visiting from Fresno, Calif. Purewal sports a 49er football shirt. "It's been a great atmosphere. People here are fantastic, and we're enjoying ourselves greatly."

"We're excited to come to New Orleans," said Danny Coteny from Tuscaloosa, Ala. Coteny and his family are driving to Baton Rogue for the game tomorrow. "It's always a great place."

It's not just the French Quarter RV Resort that is at capacity. The majority of hotels were booked full months in advance.

"We're in an oversold basis," said Mark Romig with the New Orleans Marketing Tourism Corporation said. "If you haven't made your room reservation yet, good luck. It's a crowded weekend."

Tourism leaders say the busy weekend is already underway. About 24,000 people arrived this morning for the National Association of Realtors Convention.

As tourists, like the Guidrys, get ready to cheer on their teams to victory, businesses say the next few days will be a win for them no matter the score.

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