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New Orleans Gets 2013 Super Bowl

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.--The owners voted to award the 2013 Super Bowl to New Orleans.

It will be the city's 10th Super Bowl, but its first in a span of 11 years--and its first since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.

The storm damaged the Superdome and left the future of the New Orleans Saints in doubt. But the Superdome has been repaired, the Saints have stayed and now the city is getting back football's biggest game.

"It's a great day for our community," Saints owner Tom Benson said.

The team recently agreed with the state on a lease to keep the Saints playing at the Superdome through the 2025 season.

The city's Super Bowl bid reportedly would have been abandoned if the lease agreement had not been completed.

The other finalists for the 2013 game were Phoenix and Miami.

By Mark Maske  |  May 19, 2009; 5:04 PM ET  | Category:  Saints , Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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This is totally intuition, but I think the skins will be in, and win in New Orleans in 2013. When I saw the headline I just had that feeling. That will be 21 years after their last Super Bowl, which is enough time for the wheel to turn so to speak. Hope it will be Zorn, but honestly he could be replaced by then.

Posted by: etin | May 20, 2009 10:47 AM

Wow 10th SB? Is that a record? They should have an outdoor SB in a snowy city that would be awesome.

Posted by: ozpunk | May 20, 2009 9:54 AM

If you come to New Orleans for a sporting event, you WILL have fun...even if you don't have a ticket to the game! The excitement is in the accessible and excellent restaurants and night spots. And it will spill into the streets of the city. New Orleans is a hot spot for celebration!

Posted by: bluelu8591 | May 19, 2009 9:23 PM

The NFL prefers New Orleans because it is built to handle that sort of event. Go back and read the national sporting press after every Super Bowl and take note of the comments on how easy it is to attend a Super Bowl there. Good weather in January, walkable from the major hotels (as opposed to an hour-plus bus ride in other towns), best food town with an NFL team (possibly excepting NY and SF).

Posted by: NovaYat | May 19, 2009 8:49 PM

New Orleans is a great choice for 2013 Super Bowl. Dree is apparently woefully uneducated as to the city, its charm, its food, and its music. Maybe he/she resides in a city that lost the game to New Orleans.

It is a 24-hour city. Plus, the Dome is a fantastic place to hold such a game--very walkable from the many hotels downtown.

Posted by: louis-michel | May 19, 2009 8:16 PM

Should be in New Orleans every year. Who is the idiot before me, Donald Rumsfeld?

Posted by: moogie1 | May 19, 2009 7:12 PM

NOLA is a dump. Why the NFL continues to hold superbowls there is beyond me.

Posted by: drees1956 | May 19, 2009 6:27 PM

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