Baton Rouge hotels courting Super Bowl visitors

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Now that the matchup is set for the Super Bowl in New Orleans, hotel officials in Baton Rouge are getting ready.

There are roughly 10,000 rooms in the Baton Rouge market and with New Orleans pretty much booked solid, many are hoping to see some of the Super Bowl love.

Gary Jupiter is the general manager of the Springhill Suites hotel near the airport. He's also the president of the Baton Rouge Lodging Association.

"We're aggressively advertising in the San Francisco and Baltimore areas to say that Baton Rouge is a viable option for you if you're trying to get to the big game," Jupiter said.

Officials expect some of the business to come from private aircraft users.

"There is not a lot of private airport space in New Orleans," said Jupiter.

"We're expecting a lot of the private planes to fly into New Orleans, drop off their people and then come here to Baton Rouge and stay two or three days before they have to go back and pick up their people."

Many hotels around downtown Baton Rouge will be looking to entertain the fans while in town with concerts and several Mardi Gras parades.

Jupiter is hoping the Super Bowl and the excitement that goes with it – will help out during what is normally a slow time.

"Our Mondays and Tuesdays are normally slow," Jupiter said.

"This will be a difference for us with the Super Bowl in New Orleans. We're expecting full houses of people to visit our hotels and restaurants in the area."

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