51st largest U.S. city with a population of 360,740
Founded in 1718, the city was named for Philip II, Duke of Orleans
Nicknamed "The Big Easy," New Orleans is most famous for its French Quarter, jazz music and annual Mardi Gras
It has hosted 10 Super Bowls, including this year's, the most by any city. The first three were held at the Tulane Stadium which was demolished in 1979 and 1980. The rest have been played at the Superdome.
The city is home to the National Football League's New Orleans Saints and the National Basketball Association's New Orleans Hornets.
More than 80 per cent of New Orleans was flooded by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, resulting in more than 1,400 deaths in Louisiana and more than $100 billion in damage along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Musicians Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Lil Wayne and Wynton Marsalis, actors Harry Connick and Reese Witherspoon, authors Truman Capote and Ann Rice, NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald were born in New Orleans.
Opened: August 1975, reopened September 2006
Cost: $163 million
Facility: Multi-purpose covered dome
Field: Artificial surface
Use: Home field of the Saints, concerts, trade shows, national conventions, international and national band competitions as well as collegiate sporting events.
The Superdome served as a "shelter of last resort" for nearly 30,000 people during Hurricane Katrina. Was severely damaged by the storm and underwent $185 million in repairs and refurbishment before reopening in 2006.