superdome

Notes from New Orleans
11:43 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Gary Solomon Jr. On Bringing Business And Creative Know-How To Local Event Productions

The Solomon Group currently designs the exterior lighting for the Superdome.

When Gary Solomon Jr. graduated from the New Orleans Center from the Creative Arts, his plan was to go to New York University, become a lighting designer and never come back. Katrina changed all that.

On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Gary about the successful entertainment technology and design business he has built here.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

WrestleMania Coming to New Orleans Next Year

New Orleans is getting another major event. World Wrestling Entertainment is bringing its 30th “WrestleMania” show to the Superdome next year.

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The Superdome
1:31 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

The Superdome Through the Years

Frank Lotz Miller's 1970 architectural model of what would become the Superdome.
Curtis and Davis Office Records Southeastern Architectural Archive, Special Collections Division, Tulane University Libraries

The Superdome began as a public referendum in 1966, and shines today as New Orleans gets ready to celebrate Super Bowl XLVII.

Built atop the bulldozed Back o' Town neighborhood, the Superdome is the site of ecstasy and tragedy, of countless celebrations and memories, historical agonies and post-K clichés. The Dome is a temple to our Saints and our city, and — love it or hate it — you can't ignore it.

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Features
5:52 am
Sat February 2, 2013

For New Orleans, Superdome A Symbol Of City's Spirit

The San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII at the Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 2:07 pm

The Superdome in New Orleans has hosted heavyweight fights, papal visits, and — after this weekend — seven Super Bowls, an NFL record. But no event looms larger in the dome's history than Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that turned the stadium into a teeming shelter of last resort.

During the storm, reporters spared no hyperbole when describing scenes of human suffering. The Superdome, in particular, was described as a "hellhole" and "apocalyptic," and it was sort of true.

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Super Bowl XLVII
11:31 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Super Bowl Street Closures Suspended for Hornets Games

Superdome traffic map, in effect during Hornets games.
Credit Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Traffic restrictions around parts of downtown, enacted this past weekend as part of the run-up to this year's Super Bowl, will be suspended during Hornets games to allow access, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome announced today on Twitter.

Lane and exit closures have already begun to snarl traffic throughout the CBD, according to numerous reports this morning, the first full work day for many since the restrictions began.

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Latest News
12:35 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Commission OKs $400M Superdome Bond Restructuring

The State Bond Commission has approved a $400 million restructuring of a troubled bond deal that helped rebuild and upgrade the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.

The Times-Picayune reports that it includes paying off the $238 million in bonds the state bought in 2008 to get the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District out of debt, and fees to resolve litigation with Merrill Lynch.

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All Things New Orleans
1:32 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

No Roof Rookies Here: Cleaning The Superdome

Rene Lopez and Devin Burrell blast dirt off the polyurethane coating the iconic white roof of the Superdome in New Orleans. The job will cost about $130,000 and take roughly a month, partly because the roofers must move slowly. "You have to constantly be aware of where you're at," says project manager Tom Keller. "If something stupid happens, it's not going to end up pretty."
Keith O'Brien for NPR

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:42 am

Most people have their route to work memorized; they can do it with their eyes closed. Heading into the office is some combination of elevators — stairs if you're more ambitious — and hallways. Easy.

Tom Keller's route is a bit more complicated.

"Step here, and there's a bad railing right here with a step," Keller cautions, threading his way up along a series of dimly lit, narrow catwalks suspended above the football field inside the New Orleans Superdome.

The stadium is home to the New Orleans Saints and will host this year's Super Bowl.

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Hurricane Isaac
11:02 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Superdome roof survived Isaac intact

The nearly 10-acre roof of the Superdome in New Orleans became a symbol of Hurricane Katrina's destruction in 2005, but the new, improved roof survived Hurricane Isaac just fine.

Superdome manager Doug Thornton said Friday that Isaac did cause some damage to the dome, including some sheet metal damage to exhaust vents. His early estimate of repair costs is $75,000 to $100,000 — a far cry from the $157 million in storm damage repairs covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Katrina.

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Super Bowl 2013
4:37 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Wi-Fi coverage to be expanded at Superdome

Fans coming to the Super Bowl in New Orleans in February should be able to get onto their Wi-Fi devices with more ease.

On Wednesday the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District Board approved spending $343,200 on expanding the Wi-Fi network for the Superdome, the New Orleans Arena and nearby Champions Square.

The Times-Picayune reports that the board approved the upgrade to get the Superdome ready for the Super Bowl.

Hurricane Recovery Spending
10:09 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Recovery Money Redirected to Superdome Upgrades

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Jindal administration has gotten permission to redirect federal hurricane recovery money from housing aid programs to Superdome upgrades. Federal approval was discussed Thursday in the Senate Finance Committee.