ATLANTA (AP) — The Big Easy, Naptown or the Twin Cities.
That's the choice facing NFL owners when they vote Tuesday on the site of the 2018 Super Bowl, choosing among New Orleans, Indianapolis and Minneapolis.
Each city has hosted the big game, albeit just once for Indy and Minny. New Orleans has staged 10 Super Bowls, tied with South Florida for the most.
Most recently, the 2013 game was delayed 38 minutes by a blackout at the Superdome. Despite that power problem, New Orleans is considered a favorite to be chosen by the 32 owners as the city celebrates its 300th year. A three-quarters majority is required for passage.
Saints owner Tom Benson recently had minor knee surgery, but the 86-year-old Benson is expected to attend the meetings.
Also planning to be there is Colts owner Jim Irsay, who will take part in league business for the first time since his arrest for having $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his car. Irsay has been undergoing treatment and the owners meetings would be Irsay's first public appearance since the arrest.
Only the Vikings will present a brand new stadium in their bid, a $1 billion indoor facility scheduled to open in 2016.
"We're going to celebrate winter. And we should, because we do it well — better than anyone," said Richard Davis, co-chair of the Minneapolis bid committee. "We're going to talk to the owners about how it's about time that the NFL brought America's game around the country, like a caravan, and started taking it out from the Southern states and bring it around to the rest of the world. We should be the first."
Actually, the game was held in New Jersey this year — the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather site.