(WVUE) - NFL owners gave New Orleans a glimmer of hope, keeping the Crescent City in the voting for the 2019 Super Bowl for four rounds before ultimately naming Atlanta the host site.
It's the second straight Superdome bid to come up short after the city's first ten attempts were all accepted. Saints owner Tom Benson issued the following statement Tuesday night:
"Gayle and I were very proud to stand with our bid team and the entire city of New Orleans in making our presentation today to host the Super Bowl in New Orleans in 2019. While we are disappointed that we were not successful, we congratulate those cities that were awarded the game. We would also like to thank everyone that contributed in making our bid one of the best. As expected, our bid provided new and innovative programs for everyone that would have attended and offered many options so that we would be seriously considered for 2019. The historic Superdome continues to improve with age with its nearly $400 million in state of the art additions and will host another Super Bowl in the future. We are hopeful to be part of the bid process in 2022."
2020 was awarded to South Florida and 2021 to Los Angeles. The NFL will invite bidders to the next round of Super Bowls at a later date.