NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans has been invited to bid on the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls, according to the Saints organization.
It's been two years since the city hosted Super Bowl 47, and businesses along Decatur Street are hoping that New Orleans lands another one.
"We always do great for French Quarter and Essence. To have Super Bowl would be over the top for us," said Elisa Bias of Laura's Candies on Decatur Street.
The area was prime for the 2013 Super Bowl. Several networks took over Jackson Square, and parking lots along Decatur drew thousands.
Now, NFL owners meeting in San Francisco are set to put out invitations to as many as six cities for games in 2019 and 2020.
"I think New Orleans will be highly ranked for one of the two Super Bowls that will be awarded next," said sports business consultant Marc Ganis with Sportcorps in Chicago. He doesn't believe the Saints owner's legal troubles will hurt the city's chances.
"The ownership situation is settled. Tom Benson is the owner of the New Orleans Saints, period," said Ganis.
But the battle over the future ownership of the team is still in court.
Ganis said he expects Atlanta, Dallas and Indianapolis to get invitations, as well.
The business people we spoke with said Super Bowls are great, but they'd like to see the city do a little more to maximize the potential that all that exposure has to offer.
"If tourists come to New Orleans, they should recognize this is a residential city, and not a place to just come and get wasted," said Eve Polich with Laura's.
"New Orleans is the most 'plug and play' location to host a Super Bowl over any city in the country," Ganis said.
But the competition is certain to be stiff.
Ganis said the power outage that occurred during the 2013 Super Bowl game at the Dome should have no impact on the bidding this time around. Entergy officials said the problem has been taken care of, and Ganis said the NFL is now making sure there are multiple redundancies when it comes to powering the NFL's biggest game.
"We are thankful for the invitation to bid on hosting the Super Bowl in 2019 and 2020. No other city in America has a better, more experienced hospitality industry and public safety team dedicated to hosting major events. New Orleans has hosted some of the best, most successful Super Bowl games in recent memory, and we look forward to submitting a competitive bid to continue that history of excellence," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.