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Mar292009

New Orleans Enters Bid For Super Bowl XLVII



March 30, 2009: The Big Easy wants the Big Game again, and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation has submitted an official bid to the NFL to host Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013. The NFL will select the host city this May. If selected, it would be New Orleans' 10th Super Bowl and seventh at the Louisiana Superdome, but the first since 2002 and the first since the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Others expected to bid for the game include Houston, Phoenix, San Diego and Miami. The bid is dependent on the New Orleans Saints agreeing to a proposed lease extension that would keep them in the city through 2025. “With 18,000 downtown hotel rooms, the Superdome, the convention center and French Quarter all within walking distance of each other, New Orleans is still very well-suited to host this event,” Jay Cicero, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation’s president, said in a statement. “The renovated Superdome is very impressive and with planned improvements the Dome will be even better for events like this.” Upcoming Super Bowls are XLIV in Miami (Feb. 7, 2010), XLV in Dallas (Feb. 6, 2011) and XLVI in Indianapolis (Feb. 5, 2012). The Superdome will host the NCAA Division I men's basketball Final Four in 2012. Back to Home Page