For years, I’ve been saying that there is no better site for the greatest sporting event in the world than the one and only Big Easy … New Orleans, Louisiana.
Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of American cities that are great for the Super Bowl. Miami and Los Angeles are right up at the top. Phoenix is pretty good too. So is Houston. So is Dallas. But New Orleans? It rounds out the very top of the list.
There’s just something about the city that makes it the perfect place to host the Super Bowl. The weather is warm. It’s an easy city for people to get around. There’s always something to do. It’s one of the liveliest cities in the United States; it’s a place where people go to party. And that’s what the Super Bowl is. It’s one humongous party.
And last but not least, the Superdome. I mean, could anyone envision a better venue for the grandest stage in all of sports than the Superdome?
I say all of this as if I’ve ever actually visited New Orleans, but unfortunately, I haven’t. This is just based off of things I’ve read and stories people have told me.
It’s still a few years away, but New Orleans is back on the NFL calendar again. Super Bowl 58 will be back at the Superdome following the 2024 season – 11 years after the last time the Big Easy was awarded the Big Game. I say it’s just about time.
New Orleans and the Superdome are special for other reasons too. One of the greatest moments in Boston sports history happened in New Orleans, at the Superdome, on Feb. 3, 2002. That was the day the Patriots were unified as a team, being introduced altogether, while the Rams were introduced one by one. That was the day that Bill Belichick’s defense frazzled the Greatest Show on Turf. That was the day that Ty Law intercepted Kurt Warner and sprinted directly to the end zone, giving the Patriots a 7-3 lead.
That was the day that Tom Brady cemented his superhero status, throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass that found David Patten in the corner of the end zone. That was the day that Tebucky Jones returned a fumble 97 yards for a touchdown, just in time for it to be nullified by Willie McGinest’s holding call.
That was the day that the 24-year-old Brady engineered the first of what would become several Super Bowl-winning drives. And finally, that was the day that Adam Vinatieri drilled one of the biggest kicks in NFL history – a 48-yarder as time expired.
Patriots 20, Rams 17.
That was the day that the Patriots won their first Super Bowl in franchise history, kicking off the greatest run of dominance the NFL has ever seen. It brought the city of Boston back into the sports limelight, marking the first championship for the city since Larry Bird and the Celtics won the 1986 NBA title.
It all happened in New Orleans, at the Superdome … forever a special place in the hearts of New England Patriots fans.
And so once again, the Super Bowl will return to the Big Easy in a few more years. It’s about time.