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Arizona, New Orleans land Super Bowl hosting rights

The NFL American football league has today (Wednesday) awarded hosting rights for the 2023 and 2024 editions of its showpiece Super Bowl fixture to Arizona and New Orleans, respectively.

University of Phoenix Stadium (pictured) in Glendale, Arizona will host the 2023 event. The stadium, which is the home of the Arizona Cardinals, has hosted the Super Bowl twice before, in 2008 and 2015.

It will mark the fourth time that Arizona has staged the Super Bowl, with Tempe’s Sun Devil Stadium having hosted in 1996.

The 2024 Super Bowl will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints. The stadium has hosted the game on seven previous occasions, with New Orleans having staged the event 10 times in total. The Superdome most recently hosted in 2013.

The announcement was made during the NFL’s annual spring meeting at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the site for the 2019 Super Bowl. The NFL last year introduced a new process for selecting the Super Bowl host.

Previously, interested parties submitted bids for the right to host the event. Under the new process, the NFL reaches out to prospective hosts to put together a proposal to stage the game. Phoenix and New Orleans were the two hosts the NFL approached in this instance.

“We are very grateful that the NFL and its owners have once again selected Arizona to host the pre-eminent event in sports,” Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee chairman David Rousseau said. "It is a testament to the stellar reputation that our community has earned for staging world-class events and there are none bigger than the Super Bowl. 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 Mayor LaToya Cantrell added: “The economic impact is tremendous. The last Super Bowl here generated over $480m (€410m). So we’re talking a significant shot in the arm. We have proven that our destination is second to none – it is special and I believe the NFL recognises that fact. They’re not coming to New Orleans for the 11th time for no reason.” 

This year’s Super Bowl was held at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The next four Super Bowls are scheduled to be held in Atlanta, Miami, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, before the game heads to Phoenix and then New Orleans.

The league also announced today that Nashville will host the NFL Draft in 2019 after team owners approved the Tennessee Titans’ bid to stage the event. The draft will take place from April 25-27 next year and will span multiple landmarks across Nashville’s downtown district.