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Katie Moore / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Big changes are coming to the city of New Orleans as the countdown continues to Super Bowl XLVII.

Three weeks out, the construction and transformation into Super Bowl central is already underway. Crews began laying the groundwork for four massive stages for CBS.

Game-day broadcasts, daytime's 'The Talk', 'The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson' and even the 'CBS Evening News' will all broadcast live here the week of the big game.

'I think you can tell I'm pretty proud of how the whole family has come together, and I for one can't wait to get down there to see all the things that are gonna go on,' said Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS.

The framework for a bridge over Decatur Street arrived Monday to run lines of cable over the street. The NFL and its network will take over Woldenberg Park with concerts and events the week of the game.

'It's gonna be designated as a clean zone, which means only sponsor-permitted activities are allowed,' said Ryan Berni, communications director for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Permits are required for signs, tents and just about everything in the French Quarter and the CBD that week. Permits are separate from Mardi Gras permits, even though the game falls between the two biggest weekends of Carnival.

And while the city does it's part to spruce things up, other event centers are taking shape. DirecTV is building a massive structure near the convention center for broadcasts of the 'Dan Patrick Show' and 'Mike and Artie' all week.

Starting next week, Bud Light will be building a bridge from the Wyndam across Convention Center Boulevard to their fan zone in the lot next door.

Organizers warn people should look out for traffic closures on Convention Center Boulevard next week, and starting Monday night on Decatur Street as well as the construction hits full throttle.

ESPN will be taking over the parking lots next to Jax Brewery with two stages set up there.

If you're planning to go there for events, you may want to park outside the area and take the streetcar to all the action.

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