NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The bid is now officially in. New Orleans is vying for the chance to host another Super Bowl – this time in 2018. But the competition is stiff. Two other cities are also hoping to host the game that year; Indianapolis and Minneapolis.
City officials put the bid package in the mail Tuesday – a day ahead of the official deadline, and already handicappers across the country are giving New Orleans a good shot to win.
Sports analysts from across the nation generally see New Orleans as having a leg up on the other two, for the obvious reasons:
- A much warmer winter climate than our two competitors.
- Lots of other activities besides the game to entertain fans.
But also because the Super Bowl would coincide with the city’s 300th birthday in 2018.
City officials have tried to sweeten the deal by discussing plans to spiff up the Superdome with bigger and better widescreens above the field.
- Indianapolis hosted the game two years ago to rave reviews from NFL owners.
- Minneapolis has a new stadium under construction, something team owners like to encourage and reward by giving away the NFL’s most lucrative honor.
When it comes to hosting Super Bowls, New Orleans is a perfect ten. The city has bid on ten in the past and has hosted all ten of them.
NFL owners will meet two weeks from now in Atlanta to make their final decision.
A Thibodaux native could be among the top six picks during the first round of the NFL draft Thursday!
Greg Robinson, known as “Big Greg,” back home — is already in New York City anticipating the big moment.
Read more about Robinson HERE.