JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A-State football players walked off of the bus Tuesday and were greeted by a New Orleans jazz band, the first of many unique experiences they will have this week.
Billy Ferrante, executive New Orleans Bowl director, said his team works all year getting ready for this. They want players and fans to get a feel for their city's culture.
Ferrante said NOLA has a history of embracing teams who come to play there and said there is always good energy surrounding the game.
"That is when everything that we do and everything that we work for the whole year starts to come together and it's exciting for us," Ferrante said.
The team arrived at the hotel around 2 p.m. and got a chance to see some of the city and relax.
They spent time on Canal Street and hung out in the player's lounge.
The real fun began around 6 p.m. though, when the entire team headed to Shamrocks to play arcade games, listen to music and sign karaoke.
One senior football player said team moments like that are some of the most important things during big events like a bowl game.
"Just being able to interact with your teammates," Booker Mays said. "With me being a senior for the last time it is something that I will remember for the rest of my life."
Louisiana Tech will arrive Wednesday and both teams will spend the week enjoying the city before Saturday.
Ferrante said there is a new event this year for fans.
A free concert will be held Friday night at the Champion Square. REO Speedwagon will be performing.
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