University of Louisville basketball fans heading south to the Final Four will still get a taste of home in the bayou.
It will happen thanks to a partnership with Molly Malone’s and the host hotel for Cardinals fans in New Orleans.
New Orleans is a city known for its jazz and blues, but this weekend there will be some Irish folk music on the way.
It’s part of an effort to make Louisville fans feel more at home as they root for their beloved Cards.
“They wanted to bring kind of a Molly Malone’s feeling to the UofL fans down in New Orleans,” said Sean Dee with Molly Malone’s.
Hotel Intercontinental in New Orleans will serve as the host hotel for Louisville fans.
Starting Wednesday, the hotel’s bar, Pete’s Pub, will begin to look like the Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in the Highlands — call it “Molly Malone’s South.”
“If they’re going to do that in New Orleans to make Cards fans feel more at home, that’s great,” said Louisville fan Scott Mertz.
To help with the setting, Molly Malone’s will send an assortment of goodies to Pete’s Pub to put Cardinals and Irish pride on display.
“We’ve got posters, banners, the whole shenanigans like that, and all that stuff. Just put a little bit of Louisville at home in New Orleans for the weekend,” said Dee.
Perhaps the coolest part of the transformation this weekend is the setting up of a webcam to show the fans in New Orleans what’s going on in Louisville, and to show the fans in Louisville what’s going on in the Big Easy.
“It’ll be a crazy feeling knowing we’re being shot down there and they’re shooting us up here at the same time. With the game going on and we’ll see the build up as well,” said Dee.
Dee said Molly Malone’s was chosen to be replicated in New Orleans simply because it was mentioned as a popular place to go in Louisville.
Now that same local atmosphere will be felt more than 700 miles away.
“It’s pretty incredible. It shows just the kind of appeal a game like this has all around the nation,” said Mertz.
Hotel Intercontinental is less than a mile walk from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It is also just a few blocks from Bourbon Street.
Source: Drew Douglas, wlky.com