By Dave Walker
NBC Sports will have a Guinness World Records representative at the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday night to officially certify the New Orleans Saints-Pittsburgh Steelers game as the world’s largest Halloween gathering.
Sunday's Saints game in the Louisiana Superdome appears to be a slam dunk to set a record for largest Halloween gathering.
Let’s hope the Saints dress as defending Super Bowl Champions.
In addition to the matchup, which pits the past two Super Bowl winners, Halloween night and the prospect of costumed fans was one of the big appeals for NBC in lobbying to carry the game on “Sunday Night Football,” the network’s national prime-time NFL showcase.
“Halloween night in New Orleans was too rich to pass up,” said Fred Gaudelli, “Sunday Night Football” producer. “I think America has never seen anything quite like this, and we intend to take full advantage of it.”
An addition to cutaway shots of Who Dats costumed as Snooki and The Situation in the Superdome stands, NBC will also dedicate online resources to covering the scene.
A special “costume cam” is planned for SNF Extra, an electronic game-coverage supplement at www.NBCSports.com that allows users to surf additional camera angles and participate in in-game chats.
Further fueling the Halloween finery inside the dome will be a Saints-sponsored costume contest Sunday afternoon at Champions Square, prizes to include team merchandise and pregame field passes. That event is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. sharp, but early arrival is suggested.
According to contest rules on the team’s website, costumes must be Saints-related, so the Aaron Brooks costume Drew Brees wore last week would qualify.
No matter what, the Guinness record appears to be a lock. According to the measurement-mad organization’s website, the existing Halloween-gathering record was set last year in a Bloomington, Ind., bar.
The total, sure to fall: 508 costumed participants.
In the Superdome, that many will be standing at any one time in ladies-restroom lines.