That New Orleans is a championship city for hosting Super Bowls is without question. But it’s a truism that the champion is always the target of those who want to be contenders, and it appears a new stadium in Minnesota was an awfully competitive bid for Super Bowl LXX.
As Steve Perry put it, a Super Bowl in 2018 helps to “incentivize major public investment,” in the form of about half the purchase price of Minnesota’s new $1 billion arena.
Perry, head of the Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Entergy executive Rod West were disappointed in the outcome of their proposal to the NFL owners. In part, because of “the power of the tricentennial (of New Orleans) and the destination quality we have,” Perry said.
“The NFL has a history of rewarding those cities that have put their good faith toward building stadiums,” West said. “So, it’s not a shock; but, of course, we’re disappointed.”
For New Orleans as a champion of Super Bowls, there is always another year ahead, although maybe not next year: The league will invite cities to bid for the 2019 Super Bowl in October, but New Orleans may not be asked to do so. Costs are a deterrent for cities to bid for Super Bowls in back-to-back years, so it’s possible New Orleans won’t seek another until it’s time to vie for the 2020 game in 2016.
We commend all who were involved in this bid. A Super Bowl is a huge tourism and promotional win for New Orleans and the entire state of Louisiana, so adding another one of those trophies — particularly with the celebration of New Orleans’ 300th birthday — was well worth the energy and effort expended.
We’ll have another one of those parties one day. We’re certain of that.