2024 Super Bowl could conflict with Mardi Gras due to 17-game schedule

Steve Geller
April 03, 2020 - 1:34 pm
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NFL fans were joyous over the news that a 17-game season is set to take place beginning in 2021. The move will cause the postseason to extend further into February which could end up causing a conflict in New Orleans.  The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is set to host the 2024 Super Bowl, which may now be an issue due to Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday would come 2 days later.

The good news is that if the game does not end up taking place in NOLA that year, the city would not lose its bid, instead it could be pushed to a later date.

"The New Orleans Host Committee, led by the New Orleans Saints and Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, has remained in close communication with league officials about the change to a 17-game regular season, as it relates to the city hosting Super Bowl LVIII in 2024," Saints VP of communications Greg Bensel said in a statement.

"During the bid process in 2018, it was contemplated and discussed of the possibility of an extended schedule based on a new CBA. The Bid Committee, the New Orleans Saints and NFL worked together to build in contingencies if a potential conflict with Mardi Gras should affect the Super Bowl date. Mutually agreed upon terms during the bid process granted assurances that the NFL and Host Committee would explore all options for still hosting the game in 2024, or, agreeing to host the Super Bowl in a future year when the citywide calendar permits."

The last time New Orleans hosted the Super Bowl was 2013. No future sites have been awarded beyond 2024 yet. 

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