Local officials not bothered by ATL mayor's "anyone but Saints" comment

January 15, 2019 - 4:15 pm

(WWL.com) -- When asked which teams she’d like to welcome to Atlanta for the Super Bowl, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says “Just anybody other than the Saints. If it can’t be the Falcons, then hey, as long as it’s not the Saints then I’m happy.” New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation President Mark Romig says it’s all in good fun.

“I do see it as tongue in cheek because we do have a great rivalry. Atlanta is a great city, if there is probably the example of a great football rivalry it is between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints.”

Bottoms also added “I know there’s going to be a bounty on my head for saying that”, as she reportedly smiled.

And if the Saints power past the Rams for this Sunday’s NFC Championship clash, they’ll be taking that trip to Atlanta. Romig says it’s a wonderful city, and luckily for the Black and Gold Nation, easy to get to.

“We have great airline connections between Atlanta and New Orleans. AMTRAK runs a great train between the cities, the highways are easy to drive, we have great bus service.”

Romig says the rivalry is an economically beneficial one for both cities, as fans travel back and forth, sometimes several times a year. He says if the Saints aren’t Super Bowl bound in five years, he’d love to have Atlantans over to the Big Easy for the Big Game.

“We would welcome them, you know we have a Superbowl coming in 2024 and if they are representing the NFC they will be welcomed with open arms, so again everyone is welcome to New Orleans.”

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