NFL weighs moving 2024 Super Bowl from New Orleans due to potential Mardi Gras conflict
The NFL's expansion to a 17-game regular season could throw a wrench into the plans for one future Super Bowl site.
The league is considering moving the 2024 Super Bowl out of New Orleans due to a potential conflict with Mardi Gras.
New Orleans was awarded the event in 2018, at which time the NFL did not have the framework for a 17-game season. The expected arrival of the expanded regular season starting at some point from 2021-23, as outlined by the new collecting bargaining agreement, could prompt a shift in the Super Bowl hosting schedule.
"The New Orleans Host Committee, led by the New Orleans Saints and Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, has remained in close communication with league officials about the change to a 17-game regular season, as it relates to the city hosting Super Bowl LVIII in 2024," Saints vice president of communications Greg Bensel said in a statement. "During the bid process in 2018, it was contemplated and discussed of the possibility of an extended schedule based on a new CBA. The Bid Committee, the New Orleans Saints and NFL worked together to build in contingencies if a potential conflict with Mardi Gras should affect the Super Bowl date. Mutually agreed upon terms during the bid process granted assurances that the NFL and Host Committee would explore all options for still hosting the game in 2024, or, agreeing to host the Super Bowl in a future year when the citywide calendar permits."
New Orleans has hosted the Super Bowl 10 times, second only to the greater Miami area.
Upcoming Super Bowls are set to be held in Tampa in 2021; Inglewood, California, in 2022; and Glendale, Arizona, in 2023.
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