ESPN Invades Big Easy for MNF


The Louisiana Superdome will reopen for the first time since Hurricane Katrina when the Atlanta Falcons visit the New Orleans Saints on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

In addition to the game between the two 2-0 National Football League teams, the network will have a strong presence in the Big Easy.

Among programming set to originate from New Orleans: the network’s full complement of MNF pregame studio shows, 14 hours of ESPN Radio programming, ESPN2’s Cold Pizza morning show, SportsCenter and three editions of Emmy Award-winning Outside the Lines.

ESPN said there will be additional multimedia coverage on (, via Mobile ESPN and in ESPN-The Magazine.

Among artists scheduled to perform at the event: U2, Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls and local artists Kermit Ruffians, Irma Thomas and Allen Touissaint.

ESPN added that it will work alongside the NFL and the two teams on a community-outreach initiative to benefit the NFL Youth Education Town in New Orleans and the New Orleans Recreation Department.

Monday Night Football is more than just a game, especially this week,” ESPN executive vice president of studio and remote production Norby Williamson said in a prepared statement. “The entire country will be celebrating the reopening of the Superdome and the Saints’ return home to New Orleans, and ESPN will be there to cover the event across multiple platforms and within the game telecast.”