Pomp and circumstance in Wembley

October, 26, 2008
10/26/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

LONDON, England -- Truly is a Super Bowl atmosphere over here.

Although the Chargers and Saints haven't met preseason expectations so far, the NFL has gone all out for this one. I got a chance to wonder out through the "tailgate area" a little bit ago and it was different than anything I've seen.

It is basically a festival with the interactive stuff that's usually part of the NFL experience at Super Bowls -- lots of food and drink and an amazing gift shop, which is housed in a tent. One security guard told me there were 350 people inside the tent and about 335 of them were just standing in line to get up to the counter where they could select their items and pay for them.

The prices weren't too bad. Hats were going for 20 British pounds and jerseys for 40 pounds. That's roughly $40 for a hat and $80 for a jersey.

Also, lots of glitz coming up inside the stadium. The pregame show is about to start with British rock band Stereophonics. The American national anthem will be done by Ne-Yo (American pop and R&B singer and songwriter). God Save the Queen will be done by Joss Stone (English soul and R&B singer and songwriter). The halftime show will feature a Mardi Gras parade.

Also, Rebecca Adlington, a gold-medal swimmer in the 400-meter freestyle and 800-meter freestyle for Great Britain, will be an honorary captain for the Saints.

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