Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS -- Flanked by other officials Wednesday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared the recent stretch of major events to be the most spectacular 10 days in the city’s history.
"We had an unprecedented lineup of world class events that just really helped the city of New Orleans shine," Landrieu said.
New Year's Eve, the Sugar Bowl, a Saints playoff game and the BCS Championship brought more than 300,000 people to the city and a hotel occupancy of 99 percent.
"The estimated economic impact exceeds a half a billion dollars, which is just amazing for a city that, not long ago, was left for dead by so many people in the United States of America," he said.
Key to the success, officials said, was keeping tourists and residents safe.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that happened, thanks to help from other law enforcement agencies, new deployment strategies and his officers' determination.
"They did the job that they do better than anybody in the world, and that's manage an incredibly large crowd, hundreds of thousands of people, with a force of about 1200 cops. I take my hat off to them. They did a great job," Serpas said.
But there are always challenges, officials said -- from traffic control to coordination with federal law enforcement agencies for such high profile events.
They're things the city will continue looking to improve as the stretch continues all the way to next year's Super Bowl, a span that includes as many as 15 major sporting events, all the typical festivals and more than 100 conventions.
Officials said so far, so good.
"We're very thankful and grateful and we're very humbled by the fact that the rest of America really has given us the chance to help ourselves stand back up and to again, show the country what resilience really, really looks like," Landrieu said.