On Sunday, February 3, 2013, the game was held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. This was the tenth Super Bowl held in New Orleans, matching Miami's record of 10 in a single city. The winning team will receive $100 million dollars as well as a chance to win another title after being denied the opportunity last year.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the home stadium for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). It is also the permanent home of the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA. The Superdome has a maximum capacity of 70,000 people. It was built in 1973 and '74 for $47 million by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with interior design by Harry Weese of the University of California, Berkeley. It is one of only two superdomes still in use today along with Sun Dome of the Los Angeles Olympics. The other superdome is now used by MLS soccer fans to watch their teams play at Toronto's BMO Field.
The Superdome has been the scene of many major events including the Mardi Gras World Series, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and the New Orleans Fairgrounds Stakes. It has also hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship three times: 1975, 1979, and 1983.
The New Orleans Bowl is one of two bowl games held each year at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Due to Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 game was played on December 20 at Cajun Field on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Lafayette, Louisiana. Florida International defeated South Carolina 31-27 in that game.
In its first season under its current name, the New Orleans Bowl debuted on January 1, 2006, with California defeating Arkansas State 49-48. The Golden Bears became the first college football team from California to play in the Superdome when they arrived in New Orleans for practice just days before the start of the season. Cal's appearance in the Superdome was also notable because neither UCLA nor USC had been able to win a game in New Orleans since the 1978 Liberty Bowl. With the victory, Arkansas State finished the 2005 season with an 8-4 record.
The inaugural game saw California defeat Arkansas State by a score of 49-48. Drew Bennett threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the Golden Bears won their first bowl game since 2000. Arkansas State finished the 2005 season with eight wins and four losses.
The New Orleans Bowl is currently sponsored by the Allstate Insurance Company. From 1996-2005, the game was known as the R+L Carltons New Orleans Bowl. From 1990-95, it was called the Peach Bowl.
Beginning in 1970, New Orleans has hosted 11 Super Bowls inside Tulane Stadium and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The last one was in 2009. The host city selects a game time and location for its championship football game. In New Orleans' case, that selection is made by vote of the voters in Louisiana's congressional district where the stadium is located.
New Orleans has always been a popular destination with tourists from all over the world, so it isn't too surprising that they have attracted attention from sports fans too. Not only does the city offer many attractions that people love, but it also has a rich football history that dates back to 1872. The Saints were founded in 1969 and immediately became popular with fans because of their hard-hitting defense and exciting brand of football. Although they didn't win their first Super Bowl until now!
The Saints have had more than their share of success over the years, having won three other titles in 1979, 1988, and 1989. Fans still come together to support their team at home games even though they play elsewhere now. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome opened in 1975 and has been updated over the years to make it more comfortable for players and fans. It currently has a capacity of 70,000 people.