"It's a great day for our community," Saints owner Tom Benson said as he walked onto an elevator at a South Florida hotel, on his way to the formal announcement.
New Orleans last hosted in 2002, and it was a dramatic one. Adam Viniateri booted a 48-yard field goal as time expired to lift New England over the heavily favored St. Louis.
This Super Bowl selection may be even sweeter because it may signal that New Orleans is back after being ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2006. The hurricane caused 1,600 deaths and devastated the Gulf Coast four years ago.
Miamians need not worry. The Super Bowl will be here this year. Arizona hosted the game in 2008.