On Wednesday, May 23, it was announced that New Orleans would be the host for 2024 Super Bowl. This moment was big not only for New Orleans but also Super Bowl history. In the tournament's 52 year history, New Orleans has hosted 10 of the games, with seven of them being hosted in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The very first New Orleans Super Bowl was Super Bowl IV on January 11, 1970. The match had the Kansas City Chiefs play the Minnesota Vikings at Tulane Stadium. The Vikings would go on to win that game with a score of 23-7. Tulane Stadium would go on to host Super Bowls VI and IX until the completion of the Louisiana Superdome, now the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, in 1975.
The first Super Bowl hosted in New Orleans’ Superdome was Super Bowl XII on January 15, 1978. At this Super Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos with the score at 27-10. The Superdome would go on to be the host stadium for Super Bowls XV, XX, XXIV, XXXI, XXXVI, XLVII, and soon LVIII.
New Orleans Super Bowls have also been known to provide very entertaining and "NOLA-styled" halftime shows. Super Bowl IV’s halftime show was a re-enactment of The Battle of New Orleans. Super Bowl VI provided a tribute to New Orleans jazz musician Louis Armstrong with performances by Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt, and the U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team. Super Bowl XV’s show was Mardi Gras festival.
Super Bowl LVIII will be New Orleans’ 11th Super Bowl and the Superdome’s 8th. This ties New Orleans with Miami for the city with the most hostings and put the Mercedes-Benz Superdome even higher in the lead for the stadium with the most hostings.
New Orleans has had such a prolific history with the Super Bowl so Super Bowl LVIII is sure to provide yet another spectacular game and location for this annual event.