Louisiana welcomes Super Bowl to New Orleans in 2024

New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson, at podium, celebrated the choice of New Orleans for the Super Bowl with Gov. John Bel Edwards, second from left, at the Louisiana Capitol Thursday. (Photo: Drew White, LSU Manship School News Service)

Drew White

As legislators squabbled Thursday over a $648 million budget gap, Gov. John Bel Edwards welcomed New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson to the Capitol to tout the tax and economic benefits of holding the 2024 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

NFL team owners unanimously voted Wednesday morning to award the NFL’s 58th championship game to New Orleans. Edwards said the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans generated $21 million in direct taxes and had an estimated $400 million impact in Louisiana.

The owners’ decision ended New Orleans’ two-bid losing streak for the popular event.

“This is not just a big win for the Crescent City, this is a big win for the state of Louisiana,” Edwards said.

Read the story in The Daily Iberian.

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