Boil water advisory impacts Saints, Pelicans games

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 17, 2018 - 6:41 pm

Officials are taking steps to protect fans, players and everyone else attending Saints and Pelicans games this weekend after the advisory to boil water before consuming it on the Eastbank of Orleans Parish.

"The Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center (SMG) are taking extra precautions for tonight’s New Orleans Pelicans game and tomorrow’s New Orleans Saints game,"  Event Marketing & Media Coordinator Savannah Chamblee said in a news release.

She says it is in response to the local boil water advisory.

“We are not selling fountain soft drinks tonight. Everything being sold will be in a bottle, with the exception of draft beer and mixed drinks,” states SMG General Manager, Alan Freeman. 

He added that if mixed drinks being purchased at the complex require water, bottled water will be used.

"All internal ice makers have been shut down," Chamblee noted. "The ice that will be used for this weekend’s events has been purchased from an ice supplier."

Authorities add that they put signs on all water fountains and in restrooms notifying patrons of the boil water advisory.

"SMG is working closely with food & beverage concessionaire, Centerplate, as well as partners the New Orleans Saints & New Orleans Pelicans, to ensure safety to all patrons attending events this weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Smoothie King Center, & Champions Square."

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