Nate Scott published an article in USA today giving 10 reasons why New Orleans should be the only city to host a Super Bowl and as a local I agree. I want to expand on what he offered, and I may reiterate a few of his points here, but I want to expand on them as a local.
For one thing, New Orleanians are resilient. We recovered from Katrina, the costliest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic with $108 billion in property damage. Five years later we dealt with and overcame the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. No matter what you throw at us, we come back. Any challenges that come with a Superbowl are handled with ease.
We are the home of the party (and the police who can control it)
We’ve hosted 10 Super Bowls, 5 Final Four’s, and one Republican National Convention, and when you add in annual events like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, if there is one thing New Orleans excels at, it’s throwing a party.
We also have at least a hundred festivals happening throughout the city in any given year and our police officers are sent to other cities in the US to train them in crowd control. If you can think of a better place to have a party, let me know but I think New Orleans has them beat.
Scott mentioned the food in his article but what he left out is that both Saveur magazine and Thrillist have named us number one food city in the nation. The restaurants here are some of the best in the world and south Louisiana has a unique cuisine that you can’t find anywhere else.
All the companies that come in and need to produce events in coordination with the Super Bowl can hire the premier event design business in the south, Velocity’s own Event Design Build.