The Mercedes-Benz Superdome has hosted seven of 10 Super Bowls in New Orleans, most recently in 2013. (Gene Puskar/AP)
Beginning Tuesday morning, NFL owners will kick off their Spring Meeting with a handful of topics to be addressed. One of the main questions to be answered is the location of the 2018 Super Bowl.
We already know that Indianapolis, New Orleans and Minneapolis are the three cities vying to host Super Bowl LII, but it sounds as if the Crescent City has an early lead on the competition.
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According to Adam Rank of NFL.com, New Orleans is the favorite to host the 2018 Super Bowl, which would be the city's first since 2013, when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in a thrilling, power-outage-filled game.
If New Orleans is awarded Super Bowl LII, it would mark the 11th time the city hosted the NFL's championship game and the eighth time it would be played in the Superdome.
Indianapolis and Minneapolis have pitched their relatively new stadiums (the Vikings' new stadium is projected to be completed for the 2016 season) with plenty of seats, though both cities have only hosted a Super Bowl one previous time. New Orleans will also be celebrating its tricentennial in 2018, potentially sweetening the appeal of the time-tested host city.
This season's Super Bowl will take place at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, while Levi's Stadium, the 49ers' new home in Santa Clara, will host Super Bowl L in 2015.