New Orleans could be in running to bid on Super Bowls in 2019 and 2020

Posted on: May 18 2015

By Terrance Harris, | The Times-Picayune 

New Orleans could be in the running to host a record 11th Super Bowl when the NFL sends out invites on Wednesday for cities to host Super Bowls in 2019 and 2020.

After losing out to Minneapolis last year for the bid to host Super Bowl 2018, New Orleans' 300th anniversary, civic leaders and Saints officials are hopeful New Orleans will be invited to bid on one of the two years this week during the owners' meetings in San Francisco.

But the competition will be stiff with Atlanta and South Florida also expected to be in the running for the right to bid on the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls. Atlanta, which is building a $1.5 billion stadium, seems a lock to host a Super Bowl given the NFL owners' trend of rewarding cities and teams that build new stadiums.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank, whose new stadium in downtown Atlanta in 2017, has been vocal that he wants his venue to host the Super Bowl in 2019. That would leave 2020 and the likelihood of New Orleans and Miami -- the two cities tied for hosting the most Super Bowls -- competing for the chance to host a record 11th Super Bowl.

Sun Life Stadium is currently undergoing a major overhaul to bring the South Florida venue up to date. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which has hosted an all-time venue high of seven Super Bowls, is set to receive more than $40 million in fan experience upgrades over the next year.

New Orleans last hosted a Super Bowl in 2013 when the Baltimore Ravens defeated San Francisco. South Florida last hosted a Super Bowl in 2010 when the Saints beat Indianapolis. After being invited to bid on the 2018 Super Bowl, New Orleans lost out to Minneapolis which has built a new a state of the art stadium.

The NFL will not announce the two winning cities for 2019 and 2020 until next May.