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We’re all excited about New Orleans landing in the top three bids for the Super Bowl LII in 2018.

It seems like a no-brainer: who’d rather be in Indianapolis or Minneapolis in February?

So now what happens? City leaders will present their pitch to NFL owners during their spring meeting in May, and that’s when the NFL will make its decision.


How Would You Sell NOLA to the NFL for 2018 Super Bowl?

The three finalists to host the Super Bowl in 2018 are in, and New Orleans, to no one’s surprise, is in that number.  But what is surprising is our competition.  The other two finalists:  Minneapolis and Indianapolis.  How do we convince the NFL that we should be their pick?  Honestly, it should be a slam-dunk.

If you like your Super Bowl served cold–and possibly snowy–you want to be in Indiana or Minnesota come February 2018.  As Scott Nolan of Metairie told us, “We have the better climate, we know how to handle big events, and we’re a lot more fun.”

Case closed, you might think.  Ah, but there was that little fiasco involving the Superdome going dark for about half an hour during the last Super Bowl.  And you can be sure reps from Minneapolis and Indianapolis are going to bring that one up.  Bradley Latham of New Orleans says not to worry.  He would tell the NFL, “We fixed that problem.  You learn the lessons of your mistakes.  Next time, we’ll be better than ever”

The NFL will make its final decision on 2018’s host city i=during its owners’ meeting set for mid-May of next year.

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.

Capture(from the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation) – Following in the footsteps of the city’s tenth and most successful Super Bowl earlier this year, the National Football League (NFL) has officially invited New Orleans to bid to host Super Bowl LII, in 2018.

The New Orleans Saints and Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation will officially begin the bid process to host an NFL record 11th Super Bowl in 2018, while celebrating the Tri-centennial of the city.

“The Super Bowl is a celebration of unparalleled magnitude. What better time for New Orleans to host its record 11th Super Bowl than during a party 300 years in the making?” said Jay Cicero, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation president and CEO. “New Orleans’ reputation as a Super Bowl host is second to none. We are excited to begin the official bid process to showcase our city’s unique culture, spirit and love of major events once again to the NFL. Most importantly, we appreciate the essential support of the New Orleans Saints, Mr. and Mrs. Benson, Rita Benson LeBlanc, and the entire Saints staff in maintaining New Orleans’ position as a Super Bowl city.”

The process will begin as soon as the bid cities receive the official bid documents from the NFL and will conclude in May 2014 with a presentation to the 32 NFL owners.

“Having hosted 10 Super Bowls, our community recognizes the sizeable economic impact and exposure that this event delivers, and each year the number of cities seeking consideration to host increases. If invited, the New Orleans Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation will showcase New Orleans as the premier city for the largest and most successful annual sporting event in the world,” said Cicero.

Superdome officials are already starting talks on the next round of upgrades.

Mayor Landrieu wants New Orleans to host the 2018 Super Bowl as the city celebrates its tricentennial.

Hundreds of millions have already been spent on improving the stadium since Hurricane Katrina.

Now the stadium commission says they are currently in the conceptual and planning stages of the upgrades … and maybe a blackout backup plan?