Hurricane Isaac continues a slow trudge through Louisiana, and has been downgraded to Tropical Storm status, but the damage (at least from the superficial football standpoint) is minimal.
The Saints left town early for tomorrow’s game at Tennessee, and the Superdome appears to have avoided major problems.
According to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, there’s no significant damage to the inside or outside of the building, which took major hits during Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.
In fact, Doug Thornton, senior vice president for SMG (the company that manages the stadium for the state of Louisiana), said the building should be ready to host a Tulane game Saturday.
The roof which had to be replaced after Katrina showed no signs of damage, and there were no visible leaks Wednesday. The building also never lost power or water pressure.
“Overall, we seemed to fare very well,” Thornton said. “Nothing that can’t be repaired pretty quickly or that will prevent us from playing the Tulane game this weekend.”
Again, in the big scheme of things, whether the Saints stadium is standing is low on the list of priorities. But the place became a shelter and a symbol for the region in the wake of Katrina, and it’s good to know there’s at least some normal there.