NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Minneapolis to host the Super Bowl in 2018, NFL officials announced Tuesday.
Each city vying for the honor – Indianapolis, Minneapolis and of course, New Orleans — made their final pitches this afternoon.
- Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl in 2012
- Minneapolis hasn’t hosted the event since 1992.
- And New Orleans, who had never lost a bid (until today), hosted the Super Bowl in 2013.
The New Orleans Super Bowl host committee, represented by the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, issued this statement shortly after the announcement.
“Congratulations to Minneapolis on their accomplishment. While we are disappointed in today’s decision, we are very proud of the presentation and work that went into our bid and putting our city in the best possible position to win. New Orleans’ reputation as a Super Bowl host is second to none, and we know there will be future opportunities to showcase our city’s unique culture, spirit and love of major events to the NFL. Most importantly, we have to thank Mr. and Mrs. Benson, Rita Benson LeBlanc and the entire Saints staff for their essential support and unwavering enthusiasm about New Orleans’ position as a Super Bowl city.
We will continue our pursuit of the nation’s and world’s premier sporting events, including the Super Bowl, showcasing our great city and state as a premier location and host.
The New Orleans bid promoted the undeniable assets of one of America’s most culturally diverse cities with an undeniable spirit for music, fun and love of major sporting events.
This bid and all previous bids for marquee events are the result of unparalleled cooperation and months of details, creativity, negotiation and strategy. It wouldn’t be possible without the full cooperation from the State of Louisiana, the City of New Orleans, SMG and the LSED, the Morial Convention Center, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and our famous New Orleans area restaurants.”
Can New Orleans Land Super Bowl LII?