Arizona, New Orleans selected as future Super Bowl sites

The Vince Lombardi Trophy will be handed out in Arizona and New Orleans in 2023 and 2024, respectively, the NFL announced Wednesday.Photo Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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The Super Bowl is returning to Arizona and New Orleans, the NFL announced on Wednesday following a vote of team owners at the league’s spring meetings in Atlanta.

The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale (Ariz.) will host Super Bowl LVII in 2023 while the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans will be the site of Super Bowl LVIII in 2024.

“We’re thrilled by the unanimous vote,” Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said. “And we look forward to making this the most fan-friendly Super Bowl in the history of Super Bowls, and bigger and better than any Super Bowl. So, we’re excited to host it.”

With Super Bowl LVII being held at University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona will join South Florida, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay as the only sites selected to host the Super Bowl on at least four occasions.

The University of Phoenix Stadium hosted the Super Bowl in 2008, when the New York Giants stunned the unbeaten New England Patriots, and 2015 when the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks.

“We are very grateful that the NFL and its owners have once again selected Arizona to host the preeminent event in sports,” Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman David Rousseau said. “It is a testament to the stellar reputation that our community has earned for staging world-class events and there are none bigger than the Super Bowl. We clearly have the facilities, the infrastructure and most importantly the people to execute an event that has proven to have such a profoundly positive impact on our region.”

New Orleans is getting the game for the 11th time, which will tie Miami for the most Super Bowls by a host city. Tulane Stadium hosted Super Bowls in 1970, 1972 and 1975 and Mercedes-Benz Stadium (formerly the Superdome) has hosted seven Super Bowls, most recently in 2013 when the Baltimore Ravens edged the San Francisco 49ers.

“Hosting a Super Bowl is synonymous with New Orleans as is the legacy of my husband Tom Benson, I know he is smiling today that we get to share our great city with the world once again in 2024,” Saints owner Gayle Benson said. “This is a great honor and well deserved for our city as New Orleans and our Gulf South region continue to prosper in so many ways.”

Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation President and CEO Jay Cicero was also quick to celebrate the NFL’s decision to bring a Super Bowl back to New Orleans.

“Bringing a Super Bowl to our city for the 11th time is a great accomplishment and a testament to our city and the entire region,” Cicero said. “This bid was the culmination of several months of detail, creativity, negotiation and strategy. It wouldn’t be possible without the full cooperation the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans.”

The NFL has the venues for the next six Super Bowls locked up, namely Atlanta (2019), Miami (2020), Tampa (2021), Los Angeles (2022), Arizona (2023) and New Orleans (2024).

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