The renovation of New Orleans' major convention center may be delayed until the time of the 2013 Super Bowl in the city.
The center's governing board says construction costs are about $1.4 million over the initial contract price and the work is already more than a month behind schedule.
The Times-Picayune reports the projected completion date is Feb. 2 — one day before the Super Bowl and well into the weeklong series of events the center will host for the NFL.
The NFL has reserved the building for the entire week.
A nearly three-decades-old portion of the meeting hall that first was used as the Great Hall of the 1984 World's Fair and housed its first convention in January 1985. It has not been renovated since.