XLVII – 2013

May 20, 2009 by

Since I’m the lone sports nut here here at HumidCity, allow me to announce that the NFL SuperBowl site selection committee has chosen New Orleans as the host city for SuperBowl XLVII in 2013!

New Orleans won out over Miami, FL and Glendale, AZ, and this will be the tenth NFL Championship hosted by our fair city. We are tied at nine apiece with Miami who will host it’s tenth next year. The Louisiana Superdome currently holds the record of hosting venues with six.

Depending on who you listen to, the SuperBowl brings an estimated 400-600 million dollars to the host city economy. Not only that, but the SuperBowl has become much more than just a football game. It is now a week-long celebration of the NFL with attractions, special events, live remotes and literally something for everyone. Essentially, January 28th to February 3rd, 2013 will be a week-long commercial for the City of New Orleans culminating in a five hour worldwide broadcast which will reach over one-billion people.

Now some of you die-hard bead whores might notice that the dates above coincide with Mardi Gras kickoff weekend but fear not. We already had a similar situation in 2002 when the Big Game fell on Bacchus Sunday and if ever there were a chance for catastrophe, that was it, but we pulled off both celebrations with grace and charm.

Not mentioned is the fate of the AFC-NFC Pro-Bowl which the NFL is currently experimenting with. Traditionally the PB is held after the SB but this year it will be played in Miami one week prior to the SB. This will mark the first time since 1980 that the PB will be held outside of Hawaii. For 2011 and 2012 it will return to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, but plans for 2013 are still undefined. I would suggest the local boys who helped swing the SuperBowl deal get cracking and convince the NFL to bring the Pro-Bowl here as well.

Regardless, mark your calendars kids, this is going to be one hell of a week in the Big Easy!

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