Super Bowl 2013 host committee leader says power outage was a minor glitch in a triumph for New Orleans
The Super Bowl blackout didn't dim the enthusiasm that NFL team owners and national media organizations expressed to the New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee about the city's appeal as the setting for the annual football championship carnival, said Jay Cicero, the committee's executive director, on Monday. He said committee members repeatedly heard, "how ideal New Orleans is to host this event."
"Our city is so tailor made for this," Cicero said. "Super Bowl XLVII was a tremendous success, not only for New Orleans, but the entire state of Louisiana."
Speculation that the half-hour darkening of part of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during the game might hurt New Orleans' chances to host again, which local organizers want to do in 2018, was effectively dismissed by National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, Cicero said.
During a press conference Monday morning, Goodell said, "The most important thing is to make sure that people understand it was a fantastic week here. This will not affect the peoples' view in the NFL about the success of the game here in New Orleans. We know that they have an interest in future Super Bowls and we look forward to evaluating that going forward. I do not think this will have any impact at all on what I think will be remembered as one of the great Super Bowl weeks. And, again, we thank the people of New Orleans for that."
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