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Renovated Superdome is “brand new building inside the old shell”

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The Friday morning one-liners made mention of the renovated Superdome.  But as we wait for the lockout to end, our definition of post-worthy has been expanded a bit.  So allow us to elaborate.  At least a little.

In comments to the Associated Press, an executive from the company that manages the Superdome said that the improved Superdome is “like a brand new building inside the old shell.”

The six-year project has been completed, nearly six years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the region and turned the Superdome into a house of horrors in the aftermath of the storm.  “You walk around now and you don’t see too many vestiges of the past,” Doug Thornton of SMG said. “Many of the bad memories of Katrina have been suppressed.”

In all, $336 million was devoted to the project, which by all appearances has secured the long-term relationship between the Saints and New Orleans.

The Saints will christen the renovated venue on August 12.  Hopefully.

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25 Responses to “Renovated Superdome is “brand new building inside the old shell””
  1. krow101 says: Jul 1, 2011 9:29 AM

    How many people can live there in an emergency?

  2. yzguy431 says: Jul 1, 2011 9:29 AM

    this story is , as a practical matter, interesting at best. at least a little.

  3. jw731 says: Jul 1, 2011 9:29 AM

    Tom Benson hopes to roll some cars in there soon……all available at sticker price…Of Course….

  4. schmitty2 says: Jul 1, 2011 9:41 AM

    I hope to get to the Superdome someday..heard it’s an awesome experience. The one thing I will say is they should paint the outside more (maybe put some Saints colors on) IMO

  5. breeshasabush says: Jul 1, 2011 9:46 AM

    “The Saints will christen the renovated venue on August 12. Hopefully”

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    Ha, i was about to blast you for making a crude disaster joke and then half way through my anger diatribe i realized it was a lockout joke…. ha Cheers mate!

  6. erictheclown says: Jul 1, 2011 9:49 AM

    In all, $336 million was devoted to the project…

    excellent way to spend money..rollseyes

  7. minnesconsin says: Jul 1, 2011 9:58 AM

    Take some notes, Vikings fans. State of MN has officially shut-down. renovate the Metrodome, or get the Uhauls ready.

  8. breeshasabush says: Jul 1, 2011 10:00 AM

    schmitty2

    Come to the Dome!!! It truly is a great experience. Every sunday is like Mardi Gras day in reference to the tailgating. The opposing fans are greeted with southern hospitality, we may mess with you if you have on an opposing jersey but its always in good fun never in a violent manner. Its hard to explain but you can hear the fans actually get as loud as possible and then actually sound like its steadily getting louder (two examples are 2009 game against the Jets where they sacked/fumble Sanchez in the endzone and the Favre to Tracy Porter interception . You’re sure to have a good time win or lose because we win with style and we lose with dignity. We dont riot when we win…we embrace eachother and dance in the streets, and when we lose we have a few drinks and talk about how next week will be better. Race, Religion, and any other petty difference truly do not matter on Saints Sunday… it a wonderful experience! Come on down.

  9. medtxpack says: Jul 1, 2011 10:12 AM

    breeshasabush: i like yalls dome, it was a blast when i went for SB31. that was a reall mardi gras. you should come up to lambeau and see how real tailgating is done.

  10. breeshasabush says: Jul 1, 2011 10:17 AM

    erictheclown says:
    Jul 1, 2011 9:49 AM
    In all, $336 million was devoted to the project…

    excellent way to spend money..rollseyes

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    Do you know how much that $336 Million dollar renovated building brings in to the state yearly? 8 Saints home games (not including pre and post season), the Crescent City Classic, The Sugar Bowl, Car Shows, The New Orleans Bowl, Every 4 years we get the NCAA Football national title game, occasionally get the final four, 2013 Super Bowl (the dome has hosted i think either the first or second most superbowls), essence music festival, Etc… Think big picture Eric. There’s a reason they call the Dome the heart of the city because it literally pumps revenue into the City, a lot more than 336 million!

  11. pftstory says: Jul 1, 2011 10:19 AM

    Who riots when they win a regular season game?

    I’m mean yes it is stupid to riot after a championship, but as a reason to say its a good reason to come to the Superdome????

  12. schmitty2 says: Jul 1, 2011 10:22 AM

    breeshasabush says:
    Jul 1, 2011 10:00 AM
    schmitty2

    Come to the Dome!!! It truly is a great experience. Every sunday is like Mardi Gras day in reference to the tailgating. The opposing fans are greeted with southern hospitality, we may mess with you if you have on an opposing jersey but its always in good fun never in a violent manner. Its hard to explain but you can hear the fans actually get as loud as possible and then actually sound like its steadily getting louder (two examples are 2009 game against the Jets where they sacked/fumble Sanchez in the endzone and the Favre to Tracy Porter interception . You’re sure to have a good time win or lose because we win with style and we lose with dignity. We dont riot when we win…we embrace eachother and dance in the streets, and when we lose we have a few drinks and talk about how next week will be better. Race, Religion, and any other petty difference truly do not matter on Saints Sunday… it a wonderful experience! Come on down.

    I definetely plan on it. I’ve been a huge Ram’s fan for over 25 years but was about ready to jump ship after all their crappy seasons. I even told my wife I would love to be a Saints fan. Really wanted to come last year when the Rams were in town but had an important work meeting. Cant wait to get there someday!

  13. breeshasabush says: Jul 1, 2011 10:41 AM

    medtxpack:

    Lambeau is LEGENDARY… id love to check out a game out there one day… though im southern and may need to adjust to the frozen tundra!! Good luck in the opener, i miss the feeling of opening the season as the reigning champs!

    pftstory

    Im just saying in general, we are not hostile fans. We get loud for game time but its in support of our team and our city we dont look at opposing fans and say things like “we’re gunna finish off what Katrina started” like people said to us in Chicago in the ’06 NFC title game. We dont beat up people wearing opposing jerseys like the guy at the dodgers stadium. Those are horrible fans. after playoff wins/losses we dont riot. If we lose we drink away our sorrows and talk about how “next year is gunna be the year” and when we win (big games) we hug complete strangers and dance on top of the cars…. look at the stanley cup this year, say whatever you want about the crime in New Orleans….we would never act in such a way win or lose.

  14. saints92506 says: Jul 1, 2011 11:19 AM

    @schmitty2

    The one thing I will say is they should paint the outside more (maybe put some Saints colors on) IMO

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    They re-did the outside of the Dome too. They put up all new siding. It look a whole lot better than before, and it is now more golder looking as opposed to the grayish color it used to be.

  15. eballa1 says: Jul 1, 2011 11:38 AM

    A lot of that $336 million was also covered by a little something called insurance and a not so well-liked agency called FEMA. Typically, when a natural disaster strikes, these types of things help offset costs of rebuilding and replacing what was there before.

  16. dempsey63 says: Jul 1, 2011 11:48 AM

    The Saints should adopt an alternative uniform that features Mardi Gras colors.

  17. Soulman45 says: Jul 1, 2011 12:08 PM

    This is what MN. should have done to keep the tax payer money and make better use of it.

  18. FinFan68 says: Jul 1, 2011 12:21 PM

    The SuperDome was an outstanding facility in its heyday. I loved going to the games (and other events) there. I hope the renovations did justice to the site and the Saints fans. Fix up the outside a little as it does not look as cool as it once did.

  19. dafranchize says: Jul 1, 2011 1:20 PM

    Before the disaster and before Drew Brees the SuperDome was a ghost town, it was one of the worst if not the worst stadiums to play in. It’s 40 years old and even with a $300 million dollar renovation it’s still an old stadium in a poor city. And Tom Benson is one of the worst owners in the league. He is essentially the Mike Brown and Ralph Wilson of the deep south. I fnid it hard to believe that citizens from New Orleans are so quick to forgive Benson after his threatening to move the team to L.A., and the only thing that made him happy was the $115 million, while also getting around $30 million from the state and NFL. He was also allowed to refinance $40 million after the disaster and is really the only reason why Benson came back. If it weren’t for those repair finds he would have walked.

    Just because Benson is fielding a team that’s been competitive for 5 years doesn’t mean fans shuold forget about his cheap and petty ways. What’s going to happen once Drew Brees declines? Honestly, the fans of New Orleans should thank Drew Brees for saving the team, Benson is a POS.

  20. scra22 says: Jul 1, 2011 2:03 PM

    dempsey63 says:
    Jul 1, 2011 11:48 AM
    The Saints should adopt an alternative uniform that features Mardi Gras colors.

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    No thanks! The Hornets have Mardi Gras uniforms and it’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen.

  21. nawlinsraider says: Jul 1, 2011 3:16 PM

    @ dafranchize:

    Hold up one second now…. Benson is no angel, I agree, but don’t forget, without Benson, New Orleans would have lost the Saints long ago. Benson stepped up and bought the team from the WORST owner in NFL history, John Mecom, Jr. With as bad as the Saints have been throughout their history (one of the five worst winning percentages in NFL history), the Saints are actually over .500 since Benson has owned them. The fact that Benson agreed to keep a 40-year-old stadium with only 335 million in renovations instead of moving to L.A. for a Billion plus stadium speaks well of him. Yes he gets big bucks from the state, but he brings in the cash for Louisiana as well.

  22. 504in860 says: Jul 1, 2011 3:24 PM

    dafranchize says:
    Jul 1, 2011 1:20 PM
    Before the disaster and before Drew Brees the SuperDome was a ghost town, it was one of the worst if not the worst stadiums to play in.
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    Really? Is that why so many Super Bowls have been played there?

  23. backindasaddle says: Jul 1, 2011 7:48 PM

    I’m a Pats fan first and foremost…born and raised in Southeastern, MA.

    BUT….I like the Saints. I route for them whenever they’re not playing the Pats. Kind of an underdog thing I guess because they were down for so many years. I love to see them doing well now.

    However, New Orleans, despite the French Quarter/Mardi Gras allure, is a city with very real and serious problems and I don’t see these problems going away anytime soon. Combine that with Benson being the owner (in my own humble opinion he’s not a good owner), and you don’t have recipe for long term success.

    Aside from these reservations, I will still be routing for the Saints. BTW…I think Sean Payton and whoever the GM is have done superb job.

  24. goawayeverybody says: Jul 2, 2011 1:37 PM

    Oh wow, Katrina jokes! How original!!!

  25. breeshasabush says: Jul 5, 2011 10:44 AM

    dafranchize

    We forgive Benson bc WE were all in the same boat back then…. everyone’s lives changed. No one knew when or if New Orleans would get back on its feet. Its difficult for people like you to understand because you didnt live through this, you didnt see the things we saw, and you didnt lose the things we lost. Never the less, we rose to the occasion and we rebuilt the city by working tirelessly, taking on jobs that we had never before done like gutting houses and floating sheet rock (as i had done for the first time but my real career was restaurant manager). We all had to put things into perspective to either “love it or leave it” and while benson had his doubts (as he had every single right to) things worked out, he got Sean Payton, he got Drew Brees, he got all the right pieces that eventually got us a Super Bowl win, and a deal got done to keep the Saints here at least until 2025, that meritts forgiveness! Any way he still may be the “owner” but Rita is the New Blood that has a lot to do with our current success, the old man is still “the guy” but shes calling a lot of the important shots! Cheers

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