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Local Builder To Build Stage For Super Bowl 47

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A Nashville man is getting ready to return to his native New Orleans to help set the stage for Super Bowl 47.

Jonathan Hammel makes things that most people take for granted.

"I think that's kind of the idea. People look at a show and they just kind of lost in the show and don't really think about what it took to get there," Hammel explained.

He built the music note and measure bar for this year's New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Nashville. One of his next creations you'll see Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans.

"This is the first job we've done in New Orleans, so it's pretty exciting," he said.

Hammel is a native of the Big Easy. Some of his first building jobs involved Mardi Gras floats. Now, he will return with a stage football fans will see Super Bowl weekend.

"We've designed and will be constructing the Gospel Super Bowl celebration," Hammel said.

The 40 by 60 foot structure will be the stage for Gospel greats like CeCe Winans. They'll entertain Friday night before the Super Bowl at the Lakefront Arena. The stage will cost tens of thousands of dollars and most of the work will be done by Nashville vendors.

The building schedule is intense. Hammel hopes to start construction Tuesday night. The structure will be shipped by truck the Wednesday before the Super Bowl. That's barely a week to build.

"You know that's kind of the nature of show business although this one is really tight. We've got a great group of guys that will get it done," he said.

They'll drive the stage to New Orleans by truck on Wednesday and set it up on Thursday. The Gospel Super Bowl celebration is Friday night. Saturday morning they tear the stage down and head back to Nashville. Hammel and his crew won't even stay to see the game.

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