Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement on the announcement that Super Bowl 24 would be held in New Orleans:

“This is an exciting time to be in Louisiana, and we couldn’t be happier about hosting the Super Bowl in New Orleans for the 11th time.  This decision by the NFL is further proof that New Orleans is a top tier destination for major sporting and entertainment events. With a $480 million impact to New Orleans, the Super Bowl stands to be a major economic boost to the region.  I want to congratulate the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation for leading the effort, and Mrs. Gayle Benson and the entire New Orleans Saints organization for serving as tremendous ambassadors for Louisiana as they made the final pitch.  We look forward to this event and to showing the world, once again, what a great city we have in New Orleans.”