Mercedes-Benz Superdome

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Mercedes-Benz Superdome information

Location
New Orleans , USA
Address
Sugar Bowl Dr
Telephone
+1 504 587 3663
Box office
+1 504 587 3822
More information
www.superdome.com
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The Superdome hovers like a giant bronze hubcap between the elevated I-10 freeway and downtown’s skyscrapers. The immense indoor stadium, which seats more than 73,200, has hosted NCAA Final Four basketball games, presidential conventions, the Rolling Stones (largest indoor concert in history), Pope John Paul II and seven Super Bowls. On New Year’s Day the college-football Sugar Bowl is played here, and in fall this is the home turf of the New Orleans Saints.

The Superdome gained notoriety in 2005 when it was designated a ‘refuge of last resort’ during Hurricane Katrina. Some 25,000 to 30,000 people huddled under the dome as Katrina’s winds blew off part of the roof. Power went out and food and water supplies were quickly depleted as people lived in squalor and waited nearly a week for buses to carry them out of the flooded city. Initial unconfirmed reports of rape, riot and murder within the Dome have been debunked. In all, six people died inside the Superdome (one apparent suicide, one overdose and the rest from natural causes, mainly elderly or infirm who suffered from pre-existing conditions), plus several more in the immediate vicinity.

In 2011 the facility completed a six-year, $336 million renovation project that modernized the building and ensured occupancy by the Saints through 2025. The structure was built on top of an ancient burial ground, which some say is the source of the Saints’ seemingly cursed 40-year history.