New Orleans is one of three cities chosen Tuesday as finalists to land Super Bowl LII in 2018 as the NFL owners met during their fall meeting in Washington.
Indianapolis and Minneapolis were the other cities.
The owners are expected to decide on the winning candidate in May at the league’s spring meeting.
Three other cities had submitted applications — Miami, Dallas and Tampa, Fla. — according to NFL Media’s Albert Breer.
New Orleans has hosted 10 Super Bowls, with the last one on Feb. 3.
New Orleans officials are seeking the city’s record 11th Super Bowl to coincide with celebrations for the city’s tricentennial.
“The Super Bowl is a celebration of unparalleled magnitude. What better time for New Orleans to host its record 11th Super Bowl than during a party 300 years in the making?” said Jay Cicero, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation president and CEO in a news release. “New Orleans’ reputation as a Super Bowl host is second to none. We are excited to begin the official bid process to showcase our city’s unique culture, spirit and love of major events once again to the NFL. Most importantly, we appreciate the essential support of the New Orleans Saints, Mr. and Mrs. (Tom and Gayle) Benson, Rita Benson LeBlanc and the entire Saints staff in maintaining New Orleans’ position as a Super Bowl city.”
According to the news release, the process will begin as soon as the bid cities receive the official bid documents from the NFL and will conclude in May 2014 with a presentation to the 32 NFL owners.
“Having hosted 10 Super Bowls, our community recognizes the sizeable economic impact and exposure that this event delivers, and each year the number of cities seeking consideration to host increases. If invited, the New Orleans Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation will showcase New Orleans as the premier city for the largest and most successful annual sporting event in the world,” Cicero said.