The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation (GNOSF) is celebrating 25 years of successfully attracting and managing major sporting events. Since its inception in 1988, the GNOSF has hosted hundreds of sporting events to the Greater New Orleans Area, benefiting the hospitality industry, business community, local youth and facilities while significantly boosting state, city and parish taxes. The organization works daily to procure events, evaluate bids, prepare and present bids, manage and market events, and develop programs for local youth. The success of the Sports Foundation has substantively helped elevate New Orleans on a global scale as the premiere destination for major sporting events.
Throughout its 25-year history, the GNOSF has hosted numerous major sporting events including three Super Bowls, three NCAA Men’s Final Fours, three NCAA Women’s Final Fours, two NBA All-Star Games, four Bassmaster Classics, the Olympic Track and Field Trials and the USA Weightlifting Olympic Trials, thirteen New Orleans Bowls, three AAU Junior Olympics and countless other sporting events. These events have successfully fulfilled the GNOSF’s mission to attract and manage sporting events that have a positive economic impact on the Greater New Orleans area. In its 25 years, the GNOSF has turned a $65 million investment, from both public and private sources, into a $2 billion economic impact for the State of Louisiana and the Greater New Orleans area.
“We are incredibly proud of our past 25 years and the tireless work of our Board of Directors, staff, our sports community partners and the thousands of volunteers that have made New Orleans a destination of champions,” said Jay Cicero, President and CEO, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. “New Orleans is one of the few host cities that has significant full-time, professional management of the preparation, planning and execution of major sporting events and our work is never finished. We are constantly looking ahead to ensure New Orleans continues securing major championships and maintaining its place as the premiere destination for events.”