Super Bowl returning to New Orleans, Arizona - NFL
Los Angeles (AFP)
Arizona and New Orleans were confirmed as the hosts of the 2023 and 2024 Super Bowls on Wednesday as National Football League owners met at their annual spring meeting in Atlanta.
The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona will host the 2023 showpiece while the Superdome in New Orleans will stage the event the following year.
It will be the fourth time Arizona has staged the Super Bowl. The Glendale venue hosted the 2008 edition, when the New York Giants upset the unbeaten New England Patriots, and again in 2015, when the Patriots beat 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.
"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 meanwhile will be hosting the Super Bowl for a record-equalling 11th time. Only Miami has staged as many Super Bowls.
The Big Easy staged the game most recently in 2013, when the Baltimore Ravens held off a late Colin Kaepernick-inspired fightback to defeat 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," New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson said, referring to her late husband who died in March aged 90.
The NFL announcement means the league has now set venues for the next six Super Bowls.
Atlanta will host the game next year, followed by Miami in 2020, Tampa in 2021, Los Angeles in 2022, followed by Arizona and New Orleans.
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