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So What Did Super Bowl Visitors Think Of Houston?

There could only be one winner, but fans appear to be headed home happy.

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  • Fans head to the light rail platform
    Fans head to the light rail platform
  • Fans head to the light rail platform after the game
    Fans head to the light rail platform after the game
  • This fan from Iowa hit the light rail platform in hopes of getting a last-minute ticket.
    This fan from Iowa hit the light rail platform in hopes of getting a last-minute ticket.
  • Buses stand ready at NRG Stadium
    Buses stand ready at NRG Stadium
  • Falcons and Patriots fans mingle after the game.
    Falcons and Patriots fans mingle after the game.
  • Heavy traffic on Fannin Street after Super Bowl 51. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    Heavy traffic on Fannin Street after Super Bowl 51. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
  • Fans pack a light rail train headed downtown after the game.
    Fans pack a light rail train headed downtown after the game.
  • Super Bowl train at Main Street Square
    Super Bowl train at Main Street Square

There wasn't just strategy on the football field. After the game, Metro had to funnel thousands of fans to the light rail platform just outside NRG Stadium. Watching the process unfold was Chris Baumann, a Patriots fan from Scarborough, Maine. So how does he size things up?

"Well I used to work in collegiate athletics so I've done a lot of event management," says Baumann. "And they've done a really fantastic job, absolutely."

It was Baumann's first trip to Houston and he says he really enjoyed the people and the southern hospitality.

Also giving the city high marks was Falcons fan Tony Harkey. He's from Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina, a town of about 1,600 people. Harkey says he felt very safe in Houston.

"Everything looks good, it looks very secure," says Harkey. "I feel welcome. A lot of good fans. Everybody's behaved."

Metro had to handle an incident near the stadium after the game was already in progress. A bicyclist was hit by a light rail train near Loop 610 and was taken to the hospital with injuries.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

News Anchor

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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