It's official. Though it seemed a near-guarantee that New Orleans was the favorite to play host for Super Bowl LII, the city will not welcome the Big Game in 2018. Super Bowl LII was poised to be the city's 11th Super Bowl and was to coincide with the city's tricentennial, a selling point pitched by the New Orleans Super Bowl committee, which includes city officials and members of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. The pitch ("N.O. Better Time") failed to win over NFL owners who ultimately decided the hosting gig will go to Minneapolis, Minnesota, among a trio of finalists that also included Indianapolis, Indiana.
New Orleans hosted Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, and its Super Bowl pitches have been 10 for 10 dating back to its first-ever, 1970's Super Bowl IV. Today's "no, thank you" vote is a first. Though the power outage and "blackout" during last year's game marred an otherwise perfect week for the NFL, commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear it had no impact on the future of the NFL in town: "This will not affect the people's view in the NFL about the success of the game here in New Orleans. We know that they have an interest in future Super Bowls and we look forward to evaluating that going forward. I do not think this will have any impact at all on what I think will be remembered as one of the great Super Bowl weeks. And, again, we thank the people of New Orleans for that."
New Orleans remained the favorite for Super Bowl LII — ESPN and Sports Illustrated said New Orleans deserves the Big Game. NFL owners were split on a decision in their first round of voting and it came down to New Orleans vs. the Twin Cities city.
Minneapolis was measured as New Orleans' biggest contender for the bid. The city is finishing a massive $1 billion stadium — big enough for the Big Game — scheduled to be finished in 2016, a sort of promise with the NFL that it would receive Super Bowl LII. The game will be its second-ever Super Bowl. Its first was in 1992 for Super Bowl XXVI.
On the bright side: Super Bowl LII is tentatively scheduled Feb. 4, 2018, and Mardi Gras is Feb. 13.
Below the jump, a statement about the bid loss from host committee's Jay Cicero, president of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation.
It doesn't matter if you've dropped thousands of dollars on tickets. It doesn't matter if you've traveled 3,000 miles to get there. And it doesn't matter if you offer to shovel the snow that's sure to come to the Meadowlands.
You will not be allowed to tailgate at Super Bowl XLVIII. Unless you literally stay inside your car while you do it.
"You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car," game committee CEO Al Kelly said during a Monday news conference. "And provided you're in the boundaries of a single parking space, you'll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you're not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you're not going to be able to take out a grill, and you're not going to be able to take up more than one parking space. And it'll all be watched very carefully."
At a meeting of the New Orleans City Council's Housing and Human Needs Committee today, bed-and-breakfast operators, property owners and representatives of the city's tourism industry demanded more stringent enforcement of short-term property rental laws, saying the city's apparently lax attitude toward the problem takes business from legitimate bed and breakfasts and hotels and costs tax dollars.
"Every year legitimate operators lose $13 million in potential bookings to illegal short-term rentals," said bed and breakfast operator Brian Furness, giving the estimates of the French Quarter Citizens Illegal Short-Term Rental Committee. Based on taxes paid by licensed and permitted facilities, he added, "Those illegal operators would owe $1.4M annually in taxes. Against this backdrop, the city's lack of enforcement is perplexing."
Under city code, property owners without hotel or bed and breakfast permits cannot rent out their homes for less than 60 days in the French Quarter or 30 days elsewhere in the city. The city enforces the law by sending out notices to property owners or agents advertising illegal short-terms. But in January, Gambit found that the city had not sent out any such notice during the entire second half of 2012, despite flagrant online advertising in the run-up to the Super Bowl. Nor had city government ever provided a semi-annual report on enforcement efforts, as required by the law.
(More after the jump)
According to a press release from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, 1,681 people were arrested in New Orleans between Friday, Jan. 25 and the end of Tuesday, Feb. 12, including 289 arrests during Super Bowl weekend. The Advocate reports 879 Carnival season arrest actions — a number that includes suspects who received summonses rather than being taken into custody — in the New Orleans Police Department's Eighth District, which covers the French Quarter and the Central Business District. That compares to 1,056 Eighth District arrests last year.
According to Lindsay Meaux, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office, the numbers released today represent only people who were arrested and brought into custody.
Average daily arrests over the season (Jan. 25-Feb. 12), based on OPSO's numbers:
88.47 per day overall.
72.25 per day during Super Bowl festivities.
92.8 per day for the Carnival season not including Super Bowl days.
The Metropolitan Crime Commission reported in May that 33,117 people were arrested in all of 2011. That works out to an average of about 90.7 per day.
(Read the press release after the jump)
New Orleans City Council's Utility Committee today held a special meeting with officials from Entergy and the Superdome to investigate the cause of a power outage that led to a 30-minute interruption in play during the Super Bowl. The meeting came shortly after the company issued a statement placing fault with an electrical relay device that mistakenly triggered during the game.
Though District D Councilwoman and committee chair Cynthia Hedge-Morrell said in a prepared statement that the meeting was intended for fact-finding purposes rather than a "laying of fault," she and other Council members occasionally appeared to betray frustration with the company.
"Where do you go now? You've narrowed it to the relay switch. You're now going to do something to correct that," she said to Entergy New Orleans CEO Charles Rice, requesting that the company perform third-party inspections and equipment testing. "What are you going to do to ensure the integrity is there?"
Rice and Entergy Louisiana vice president for transmission and distribution Dennis Dawsey told council members they are still determining why the device — manufactured by Chicago company S&C Electric and installed to protect Superdome equipment — failed.
"That's what we're still investigating," Dawsey said.
[1 p.m.] Times-Picayune reporter Richard Thompson got in touch with S&C. The company blames Entergy for the failure.
(More after the jump)
The Winnipeg Sun asked its readers what they thought was the best part of the Super Bowl ...
Reuters reporter Matthew Keys recorded emergency radio communications during Sunday's power outage in the Superdome.
He notes a couple of interesting moments in the traffic. At about seven minutes into the recording: "The Dome may have lost power. If you do have a loss of power, just please say so on the radio."
That is followed by several minutes of back and forth about how extensive the power outage is. At 8:45: "They are on emergency power inside the Dome. Be prepared for perhaps a hasty exit."
18:26: "Just be advised the FBI's currently tracking the Occupy NOLA movement," advising anyone to who sees members to contact the security operations center. (Occupy NOLA members had staged protests earlier in the day.)
Go to Keys' Soundcloud page for the full recording.
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