New Orleans' mayor Mitch Landrieu says his office is teaming up with state and federal officials to make this weekend's events go as smoothly and as safely as possible. On Saturday, the city will host the first round of NFL Wildcard Playoff games, with the Saints hosting the Detroit Lions, followed by the BCS National Championship game - LSU vs. Alabama - on Monday. [caption id="attachment_2676" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="New Orleans' Mayor Mitch Landrieu"][/caption] "It's really important that this event be successful, that it be safe and that it works very, very well. We expect almost 250,000 visitors to be with us between now and Monday ... All of these events, in total, are going to approximate a 500-million dollar economic impact, which is in excess of what the economic impact is from a Super Bowl," said Landrieu. The mayor said 740 police officers will be deployed around the Superdome, in the French Quarter and downtown areas to keep everyone safe. State troopers will augment the force, particularly along major thoroughfares leading into the city. Make sure to be smart and stay safe this weekend, whether participating in the festivities or not. Police officers and state troopers will be extra vigilant regarding suspicious or reckless behavior. If you or anyone you know requires legal assistance, do not hesitate to call Bloom Legal 24/7 at 504-599-9997.