The owners needed a series of vote to pick the city to host the Super Bowl in 2018. In the end they selected Minneapolis.
New Orleans, Minneapolis and Indianapolis today presented their bids.
Leaders from New Orleans stressed the fact that Super Bowl 52 coincides with the city's 300th birthday and will be a centerpiece of the tricentennial celebration, but ultimately came up short.
Steve Perry of the Convention and visitor's bureau says he has no regrets.
"We gave it all, I mean we put a heck of a presentation together," Perry said after the vote. "We were undefeated until today. It's hard to stay undefeated forever, but we're going to come back again and look forward to working with the league and have an opportunity to win this."
Listen to Steve Perry:
Minneapolis touted the fact that is it building a $1 billion dollar new stadium with enclosed walkways leading to and from other critical venues.
Indianapolis told the owners that the host committee there has already raised $30 million to help fund the game and accompanying festivities.
After four votes without agreement, Indianapolis was eliminated. On the next vote, Minneapolis beat New Orleans.
Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation President and CEO Jay Cicero had this to say in a press release issued after the decision:
“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.”