2013 Super Bowl Awarded to New Orleans

J. GarciaContributor IMay 19, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints pumps his fist during the game against the Carolina Panthers on December 28, 2008 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The road to recovery continues for the Big Easy as the city won the rights to host Super Bowl XLVII over strong bids from Miami and Phoenix. 

Super Bowl XLVII will be the 10th Super Bowl hosted in New Orleans tying it with Miami for the most Super Bowls hosted. New Orleans last hosted a Super Bowl in 2002, as Tom Brady began an improbable Patriot dynasty by topping the heavily favored St.Louis Rams. 

The city was considered a favorite to win the hosting rights to Super Bowl XLVII, a fact that was recently bolstered by owner George Benson agreeing to keep the Saints in New Orleans until 2025, along with an agreement to have $85 million dollars worth of renovations performed on the Superdome. 

The Superdome has been a successful host of numerous major sporting events including hosting four NCAA Men's Final Fours (a fifth is scheduled in 2012), and is scheduled to host it's fourth BCS National Championship in 2012.   

A lot needs to be done before the the city can host an event the magnitude of the Super Bowl. Problems with infrastructure and crime still plague New Orleans, which was struck by one of the worst national disasters America has ever seen when Hurricane Katrina swept through the city in 2005. But if any city can throw a party, it's New Orleans. 

Here's to hoping the Big Easy fully gets back on its feet in time to play host to the NFL's biggest event with the same success and jubilance it has done so many times in the past.

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