The Associated Press
Alongside the Superdome runs Poydras Street, a main eight-lane artery into and out of the heart of downtown New Orleans.
There's no auto traffic on it on this Super Bowl Sunday, however. The entire stretch bordering the Superdome property is filled with a maze of metal barricades draped with purple and gold Super Bowl banners, as well as security tents.
Fire department personnel are stationed near hydrants, and volunteers, emergency medical staff and security forces have are visible at every turn.
Farther away, Concrete barricades prevent vehicle traffic from getting within two blocks of the stadium.
The Super Bowl is deemed a national security event, but not quite on the same level it was the last time the game was in New Orleans in 2002. That was the first Super Bowl after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, so security was run by the Secret Service. There were tanks in the street and snipers on roofs.
This year, the public plazas surrounding the dome look a little more festive and a little less militarized.
-- Brett Martel -- http://twitter.com/brettmartel
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