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New Orleans pushes for Super Bowl 2018

The 2018 Super Bowl is up for grabs and New Orleans is telling the NFL, "Throw me something, mister."

Cities have to be invited to bid, and if New Orleans gets the nod it may be competing against cities like Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Miami for the big game.

"It really starts with Mr. [Tom] Benson and the New Orleans Saints working with the other owners," said Jay Cicero of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. "It will be in our tri-centennial year and we feel the Super Bowl would be the biggest event happening in the city that year, if we're lucky enough to win it.

The NFL owners tapped San Francisco for the 2016 game at their recent Boston meeting. That city is building a new stadium, to be completed by 2014. It's 40 miles away from downtown San Francisco.

"San Francisco would not be able to bid using Candlestick Park if they weren't building a new stadium," Cicero said.

Houston got the nod from owners for the 2017 Super Bowl. Houston's Reliant Stadium is a plus for luring the NFL.

So far, New Orleans and Indianapolis have both shown serious interest in hosting the 2018 event, but Cicero says there could be other suitors at the door. "We know there are new stadiums being planned for Atlanta and Minneapolis," he said.

Atlanta's stadium is slated to be finished before 2018..

"Miami may also want a chance to bid," Cicero said. South Florida lost a shot at 2016 because the state legislature scrapped plans to renovate Sun Life Stadium. 

"There's a distinct advantage that we have in proximity, but  that doesn't always win it," he said.

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