Still enjoying the super glow of a big week hosting football's biggest game, New Orleans is back on the trail of hosting another Super Bowl.
NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that New Orleans is among the three bid cities for Super Bowl 52 (LII) along with Indianapolis and Minneapolis. Three other cities - Miami, Dallas and Tampa - submitted intial applications to bid.
The final step in the process comes in May 2014 with a presentation by the three finalists to the 32 NFL owners.
New Orleans hosted its record-tying 10th Super Bowl in February. Officials are targeting the 2018 event since it would coincide with the city's 300th anniversary.
"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 in a release Tuesday. "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."The New Orleans Saints and the GNOSF have teamed up in the effort to secure another Super Bowl for the Crescent City.
“This is another great opportunity for us to have a chance to showcase our city to the entire world when we are celebrating such an important historical milestone as the Tri-centennial,” said Saints owner Tom Benson. “We will face stiff competition from Indianapolis and Minnesota, but we feel very strongly having just hosted Super Bowl XLVII and that being a tremendous success will give us momentum during the bid process.”
The year 2018 will be a festive time even for New Orleans as it already stands since it will include a celebration of the tri-centennial for the city's founding.
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