New Orleans bidding on 2019 Super Bowl, but it's a long shot

New Orleans bidding on 2019 Super Bowl, but it's a long shot

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A record 11th Super Bowl could be in the cards for the Crescent City, albeit a long shot.

A team of representatives from the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, the Superdome and the city have worked for more than a year to put together a proposal for the 2019 Super Bowl.

The NFL owners meet on Tuesday to hear pitches from Atlanta, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Miami. They'll decide the destination for Super Bowls 2019-2021, but Los Angeles will only bid on 2020 and 2021.

New Orleans is only eligible for 2019 because the city will host the College National Championship game in 2020 and a national convention in 2021 that has already contracted the majority of hotel rooms.

That means New Orleans has tough competition and is facing cities that have newer and upgraded stadiums in the works.

"Los Angeles now coming into the bid cycle, new stadiums with Atlanta and Los Angeles of course, significantly renovated stadiums with Miami, and Tampa is a traditional good host. We're an underdog, and competition for this bid is as fierce as it's ever been," said Jay Cicero, president of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation.

New Orleans may seem like the obvious choice because of the amenities it provides.

"We have the venues, we have the hotels, we have the French Quarter, we have other attractions here, we have great restaurants, and everything is within walking distance, as opposed to other cities where you have an hour drive from the fan entertainment area and the stadium itself," said Alan Freeman, general manager of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Still, Freeman admits newer stadiums seem to get favor from the owners.

"The game is played in a lot of new stadiums. In all likelihood, it may be a one-time shot for those cities. They may never host another Super Bowl, but the owners, who are the ones who vote on awarding the Super Bowl, typically award it to cities that have invested in their facilities," Freeman said.

But New Orleans is making major investments that could catch an eye or two.

"With the investing in the new video boards and the high-definition control studios here, and the upgrades we're making to our suites, and the upgrades to the LED lights and the sound systems, we may not spend as much as Miami is spending, but we didn't need to because we were already way ahead of them to start off with," Freeman said.

Cicero hopes the representatives can convince the owners that New Orleans will make the big game a Big Easy Super Bowl.

"After a number of years of being in cities where the stadium is 45 minutes away and there's not 20,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the stadium, and you feel like you're not in a city that's hosting something special, New Orleans is just the opposite of that," Cicero said.

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