Now that the NFL has tabbed Minnesota as the host for Super Bowl LII, folks may wonder, when will New Orleans get another shot? Pursuing the next available Super Bowl, Super Bowl LIII in 2019, may not necessarily be the best answer.
Shortly after the NFL announced Minnesota will host Super Bowl LII, New Orleans presenter Rod West promised, "New Orleans will be back in play."
"It just wasn't our turn," said Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation President Jay Cicero. "So we'll hopefully be invited again by the NFL and we'll put together a bid then."
Cicero said Minnesota's billion-dollar new stadium tipped the scale: "You know, if we were building a new stadium, we would probably be in the mix for another Super Bowl."
But when will it be feasible to bring pro sports biggest event back to the Crescent City? The NFL owners followed their recent pattern of awarding the title game to teams with new venues, and there are more of those on the way.
Atlanta this week broke ground on its new $1.2 billion stadium. Owner Arthur Blank says he intends to make a play for Super Bowl LIII. The Miami Dolphins unveiled their plans for a $400 million renovation of Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins also want to host Super Bowl LIII.
According to Cicero, this fall the NFL owners will invite potential host cities to prepare Super Bowl bids. It remains to be seen if New Orleans will be among those asked to compete.