As excitement over Super Bowl XLVII builds here in the Crescent City, Mayor Mitch Landrieu sat down with a who’s-who of New Orleans sports executives this afternoon to welcome the media to New Orleans, and to showcase the progress the city has made since Hurricane Katrina.
Landrieu and other members of the Super Bowl Host Committee — including Rita Benson LeBlanc, James Carville and Mary Matalin, and Jay Cicero and Mark Romig — focused on the ways New Orleans is a much different place than before the storm during their hour-long press conference, and how the Super Bowl is a piece of the puzzle in New Orleans’ reinvention, rather than an end in itself.
"You have watched a people pick themselves up, dry themselves off and start taking one step at a time to rebuild not only their lives, but to rebuild a community. And to do it in a way that we think is the model for the rest of the country," Landrieu said. "And to use the Super Bowl to help rebuild an entire city better than it ever was before."
Jay Cicero, the Host Committee's Executive Director, also announced their intention to bid on hosting the 2018 Super Bowl.
2018 is the 300th anniversary of the founding of the City of New Orleans.
Listen to the entire press conference: