2013 Super Bowl to be Played in the Crescent City

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IMay 19, 2009

The Superdome is decorated in an overhead photo for Super Bowl XXXI, New Orleans, Louisana, January 26, 1997.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Lombardi Trophy will once again return to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013.

The NFL announced today that the 2013 NFL championship game will return to the Louisiana Superdome, in New Orleans, after not hosting the game since 2001.

The last game saw the New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams, 20-17 as Pats kicker Adam Vinatieri made the game winning field goal with just seconds left to go on the clock.

The revenue from the event is expected to be especially valuable to the city since the region is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, which flooded most of New Orleans in 2005.

The Superdome was seen around the country as a symbol of human suffering after thousands of New Orleanians made the stadium their "shelter of last resort."

The storm ripped parts of the roof off and water gathered in a small puddle at the 50 yard line as thousands of people sat in the sweltering heat and waited for help.

The Superdome was soon emptied but required millions of dollars in repairs, but was ready in time for the Monday Night Football game between the Saints and Atlanta Falcons on September 23, 2006.

Ninety seconds into the game, Saints special teams guru Steve Gleason blocked a punt by Atlanta and Saints defensive back Curtis Deloatch recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

The Saints won the game 23-3.