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New Orleans Super Bowl bid fades to black, NFL picks Atlanta for 2019

By ROD WALKER

RWALKER@THEADVOCATE.COM

The Mercedes Benz Superdome won't see another Super Bowl any time soon after owners voted to award the 2019 game to Atlanta on Tuesday.
The Mercedes Benz Superdome won't see another Super Bowl any time soon after owners voted to award the 2019 game to Atlanta on Tuesday. New Orleans Advocate/File

For the second time in three years, the city of New Orleans fell short in its bid to host a Super Bowl. NFL owners voted on Tuesday to give Super Bowl LIII, which will be held in 2019, to Atlanta.

New Orleans was one of four cities (Atlanta, Miami and Tampa are the others) that bid for the 2019 Super Bowl on Tuesday at the NFL owners’ meeting in Charlotte. In the final vote, it finished second.

Atlanta, with its new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium set to open two seasons from now, was considered the favorite for the game scheduled for Feb. 3, 2019.

New Orleans, which last hosted a Super Bowl in 2013, came up short in its most recent bid to host. That was in 2014 when Super Bowl LII (set for 2018) was awarded to Minneapolis. New Orleans finished second that year .

Jay Ciceerom, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, said last week that he thought the city was probably a long shot because of the newer stadiums being built in some of the other city's bidding.

“We are an underdog going into this,” Cicero said. “But we know we have a strong presentation, no doubt about that.”

New Orleans was seeking to host the game for the 11th time.

The next Super Bowl the city could host would be in 2022.

Because of conflicts, New Orleans couldn’t bid on the 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls, which were also awarded on Tuesday.

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