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Why New Orleans Wasn’t Selected as the Site for the 2018 Super Bowl

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Earlier this year, the Super Bowl was held at Met Life Stadium in the New York-New Jersey market — not exactly a bastion of sunshine in February. And now the 2018 game will be played in the always chilly confines of Minneapolis.

New Orleans has hosted a record high of 10 Super Bowls, while other sun and fun cities, such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tampa Bay and San Diego, have been past favorites. But the ethos for selecting the big game’s site has likely changed.

In Minneapolis, taxpayers are spending around $500 million for their new stadium, which debuts as the Vikings new home in the 2015 NFL season. The NFL is clearly rewarding the construction of new stadiums such as Met Life.

Earlier this year, the NFL dodged a bullet when an expected super-cold front missed Met Life Stadium in the New York-New Jersey market.

The takeaway? Sunshine and fun can’t trump spending big bucks for mega-stadiums — not in Roger Goodell’s version of the NFL, anyway.

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