GNOSF marks 25 years of luring big games

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – When a record New Orleans Bowl crowd of well over 50,000 files into the Superdome on Saturday night, it will mark the latest success of an institution created a quarter century ago with the hope of making the Big Easy a premier sports tourism destination.

The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation this week is celebrating 25 years in the business of luring multi-million-dollar events to south Louisiana, from Super Bowls to Final Fours, fishing tournaments and even Olympic trials.

Executive Director Jay Cicero says the foundation has spent $65 million bringing in events which have produced an economic benefit of about $2 billion.

The foundation is also trying to bring the 2018 Super Bowl to New Orleans, as well as another Final Four by 2020.

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