The New Orleans Saints’ Superdome will host the Super Bowl in 2025
By Bob Garcia
The stadium had previously been expected to host the Super Bowl in 2024
NFL fans will have to wait one more year to celebrate the Super Bowl in New Orleans. To avoid a conflict with the New Orleans’ famous Mardi Gras celebrations, the NFL announced Wednesday that it will be hosting the next Super Bowl in New Orleans in 2025. The decision to have the New Orleans Saints’ home, the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, host the Super Bowl in 2025 was approved by all 32 NFL teams that took part in a virtual league meeting, according to the league’s administrators.
New Orleans had been named the 2024 Super Bowl host city all the way back in 2018. The NFL’s decision to lengthen the regular season from 16 to 17 games starting with the 2023 NFL season created the conflict. New Orleans’ world-famous Mardi Gras celebration draws millions of revelers to the city for Mardi Gras parades and balls during the weeks-long Carnival season ending on “Fat Tuesday.”
Mardi Gras is determined by the Catholic calendar, with “Fat Tuesday” being celebrated the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Unfortunately, this means that in 2004 it will be celebrated on February 13, while it will fall on March 4 in 2025. New Orleans is inundated with visitors from around the world during the final week of the Mardi Gras Carnival each year and hosting a second major event such as Super Bowl at the same time would be nearly impossible, so the league decided to have the Super Bowl in 2025 when it can be the only show in town.
The NFL has not decided on a replacement city to host the 2024 Super Bowl at this time, but there is sure to be a lot of interest from many cities hoping to host the big game.