Fans pack Champion Square for biggest watch party in N.O.


Posted on November 5, 2011 at 11:46 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 6 at 12:02 AM

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS- It was a sea of purple and gold Saturday night in Champion Square as thousands of fans cheered on the tigers at the biggest watch party in New Orleans.

"The only better place to be is Alabama, that's it," said LSU fan Brandon Hill.

Bert Guerra is such a big LSU fan, he took his bachelor party to watch the game at Champion Square Saturday.

"It's the biggest game of the century," said Guerra. "We're number one, we want to stay number one."

Officials said more than twice the number of people they were expecting showed up to watch the game inside Champion Square. Doug Thornton, executive vice president of SMG, which manages the Superdome, estimated at least 5,000 to 6,000 fans packed the square.

"It's very exciting, everybody's into the game, it's almost like being at the game," said Lorraine Bertrand

Stacy Rains, of Mandeville, was one of the few BAMA fans in Champion Square.

"It's okay, it wouldn't be any fun if everyone was from the same team, and I know I'm from the best team, so I'm okay," said Rains.

With the number one and number two ranked teams going head to head, there were some tense moments during the close matchup.

"I'm screaming, I'm going to have no voice tomorrow I promise," said LSU fan Jessica Rye.

The crowd chanted as the game went into overtime, six to six. And Tigers fans roared with pride as their team claimed victory over Alabama in the game of the century.