The city is preparing to make its bid to host Super Bowl for 2018.
The NFL announced Tuesday that New Orleans has made the short list of cities that will be considered.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has more on the bid process and the competition.
Sports fans are all a buzz over Tuesday’s big announcement.
The National Football League has officially invited New Orleans to bid on becoming the host city for Super Bowl LII in 2018.
“I hope we get the super bowl,” sports fan Burnett Tappel said. “I think it’s a great economic impact to the city and it’s always fun to have a super bowl in New Orleans.” “Hopefully the Saints will be in the Super Bowl.”
The good news comes just months after the success of Super Bowl XLV II inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
“I think things went very well other than the power outage in the dome,” Tappel said. “I think it was a wonderful experience.” “All in all it was good.”
New Orleans is currently tied with Miami for hosting 10 Super Bowl games.
If given the nod the city would host its record 11th.
But there is stiff competition. Also on the short list is Indianapolis and Minnesota.
Trotter asked, “How do you think we’ll fare? “I think we’ll exceed any of those cities,” Tappel replied. “Everybody has a much better time when they come to New Orleans.”
“I’m an Indianapolis native,” sports fan Bill Butters said. “I did not know that Indy was one of the finalists so that’s a tough call, but you know what I live in New Orleans now so I gotta root for this city.”
Super bowl LII in New Orleans would place the city on an international stage while celebrating its Tri-centennial.
“We planted a lot of seeds for 2018,” Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation President Jay Cicero said.
Cicero says preparing the bid is a lengthy process that will play out from now until May of 2014.
“The saints and the sports foundation are going to lead the way as far as the bid is concerned and we’re going to work very closely with the Superdome, Arena, Champion Square, SMG, the Convention Center, the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for all the housing that’s needed,” Cicero explained. “The City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana and all the organizations that support major events.”
The NFL will make its decision the same day all three cities make their final bids.
Saints owner Tom Benson believes the success of Super Bowl XVL II gives New Orleans momentum during the bid process.