Super Bowl Location 2013
The Super Bowl XLVII will be held at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. This is the first time this all-American event has been held in the city since Hurricane Katrina (remember... there was another hurricane before Sandy?) ravaged the city and wrecked parts of the Superdome, home to the New Orleans Saints. The southern capital beat out Miami, FL, which was seeking its 11th bid and Glendale, AZ, which hosted the event in 2008. The last time New Orleans held a Super Bowl was 2002, when the underdog New England Patriots won their first ever Super Bowl victory with a last-minute field goal. This year's matchup promises to hold just as much excitement and suspense!
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Super Bowl 2013 Venue
The Mercedes Benz Superdome, (renamed in October 2011, from the less coporate "Louisiana Superdome") is the largest domed structure in the world. It is also one of the most iconic stadiums in the United States, thanks to the role it played in Hurricane Katrina. During the diaster, the stadium was named as an evacuation center and thousands of displaced citizens sought refuge there. In the aftermath of the storm, the stadium was closed, due to severe damage from both the natural diaster and the human impact. After $185 million in repairs were completed, with FEMA, the state and the NFL all contributing millions, the Saints returned to their home stadium in September 2006. The city rejoiced and many took the re-opening of the stadium as a sign that New Orleans was returning to normalcy. Hosting the Super Bowl is yet another sign that this relisient city is back on track after Katrina's 2005 ravages.