METAIRIE, La. -- The 2024 Super Bowl, which is scheduled to be played in New Orleans, may have to be moved to another location because of a calendar conflict if the NFL switches to a 17-game season.

If the Super Bowl gets pushed back a week to Feb. 11 that year as expected, then it will run into Mardi Gras. So the NFL, the New Orleans Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation have been working on contingency plans.

The most likely scenario is moving the New Orleans Super Bowl to a later year, though they have not yet ruled out trying to play the game on Feb. 4 that year.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy and Saints spokesperson Greg Bensel both said via statements that this possibility was discussed during the bidding process in 2018 when New Orleans was awarded the Super Bowl for the 11th time.

The Super Bowl is scheduled to be played in Tampa, Los Angeles and Glendale, Arizona, over the next three years. None of those cities has any known conflicts if the calendar needs to be changed.

No Super Bowl sites have been awarded yet beyond 2024.

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