Updated 9:12 AM; Posted 8:48 AM
Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis (52) hoists the Lombardi trophy after winning Super Bowl 2013 in New Orleans, La., February 3, 2013. (Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
By Larry Holder
LHolder@NOLA.com, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
ATLANTA -- New Orleans' Super Bowl drought is over.
The NFL awarded the 2024 Super Bowl (58) to New Orleans after the city secured a unanimous vote during Wednesday morning's single-city ballot process among NFL owners, snapping New Orleans' two-bid losing streak for the NFL's championship game.
It will be the first time the city will host the game since 2013 when Baltimore defeated San Francisco in Super Bowl 47 on Feb. 3, 2013 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It's also the 11th time New Orleans will host the Super Bowl, tying with Miami for the most games hosted by one city. This will be the eighth Super Bowl played in the Dome, while the other three games occurred at Tulane Stadium.
The 2024 Super Bowl will take place Feb. 4, falling right in the middle of Mardi Gras season much like the 2013 Super Bowl. The major two weeks of carnival season will split with Fat Tuesday falling on Feb. 13, 2024.
Landing the 2024 Super Bowl will complete a heavy cycle of some of the nation's top sporting events. New Orleans will host the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Jan. 13, 2020, the NCAA Women's Final Four on April 3-5, 2020 and the NCAA Men's Final Four on April 2-4, 2022.
New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson and president Dennis Lauscha spoke on behalf of New Orleans during the city's 10-minute presentation.
Others representing New Orleans in the room with the NFL owners were Ben Hales and Greg Bensel of the Saints, New Orleans and Company president Stephen Perry and Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation board member Philip Sherman. The GNOSF played a major role in the manicuring the winning proposal led by Jay Cicero and Sam Joffray.
Phoenix/Glendale secured Super Bowl 2023 as well in Wednesday's voting.