Mercedes-Benz Superdome

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Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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The Superdome, 2011
Mercedes-Benz Superdome is located in East New Orleans
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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Mercedes-Benz Superdome is located in Louisiana
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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Mercedes-Benz Superdome is located in the United States
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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Former namesLouisiana Superdome (1975–2011)
Address1500 Sugar Bowl Drive
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
Coordinates29°57′3″N 90°4′52″W / 29.95083°N 90.08111°W / 29.95083; -90.08111Coordinates: 29°57′3″N 90°4′52″W / 29.95083°N 90.08111°W / 29.95083; -90.08111
Public transitHeritage streetcar   Poydras Street Amtrak Greyhound Lines New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
OwnerThe Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District
OperatorSMG
CapacityAmerican football: 73,208 (expandable to 76,468)[1]
Basketball: 73,432
Baseball: 56,941
Record attendance78,133 (WrestleMania 34, April 8, 2018)
SurfaceMonsanto "Mardi Grass" turf (1975–2003)[2]
FieldTurf (2004–2006)
Sportexe Momentum Turf (2006–2009)
UBU Speed Series S5 (2010–2016)
Act Global UBU Speed S5-M Synthetic Turf (2017–2018)
Turf Nation S5 (2019–present)
Construction
Broke groundAugust 12, 1971
OpenedAugust 3, 1975
ReopenedSeptember 25, 2006
Construction costUS$134 million (Initial)
($637 million in 2019 dollars[3])

Renovations: US$193 million (2005–06 repairs)
($245 million in 2019 dollars[3])
ArchitectCurtis and Davis Associated[4]
Edward B. Silverstein & Associates[4]
Nolan, Norman & Nolan[4]
Structural engineerSverdrup & Parcel[4]
Thornton Tomasetti (2006 repairs)
General contractorHuber, Hunt, & Nichols/Blount Joint Venture[5]
Tenants
New Orleans Saints (NFL) (1975–2004, 2006–present)
Sugar Bowl (NCAA) (1975–2005, 2007–present)
Tulane Green Wave (NCAA) (1975–2004, 2006–2013)
New Orleans Jazz (NBA) (1975–1979)
New Orleans Pelicans (AA) (1977)
New Orleans Breakers (USFL) (1984)
New Orleans Night (AFL) (1991–1992)
New Orleans Bowl (NCAA) (2001–2004, 2006–present)
New Orleans VooDoo (AFL) (2013)
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
NRHP reference No.15001004
Designated January 27, 2016[6]

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, often referred to simply as the Superdome, is a domed sports and exhibition stadium located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It primarily serves as the home venue for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL), the home stadium for the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Bowl in college football, and the longtime rivalry football game of the SWAC Conference's Southern University and Grambling State University, known as the Bayou Classic (held yearly, every Thanksgiving Weekend). It also houses their schools’ Battle of the Bands between The Southern University "The Human Jukebox" and Grambling State's Tiger Marching Band.

Plans were drawn up in 1967 by the New Orleans modernist architectural firm of Curtis and Davis and the building opened as the Louisiana Superdome in 1975. Its steel frame covers a 13-acre (5.3 ha) expanse and the 273-foot (83 m) dome is made of a lamellar multi-ringed frame and has a diameter of 680 feet (207 m), making it the largest fixed domed structure in the world.[7] It is adjacent to the Smoothie King Center.

Because of the building's size and location in one of the major tourist destinations of the United States, the Superdome routinely hosts major sporting events, including the Super Bowl, College Football Championship Game, and the Final Four in college basketball. The stadium was also the long-time home of the Tulane Green Wave football team of Tulane University until 2014 (when they returned on-campus at Yulman Stadium) and was the home venue of the New Orleans Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1975 until 1979.

The Superdome gained international attention of a different type in 2005 when it housed thousands of people seeking shelter from Hurricane Katrina. The building suffered extensive damage as a result of the storm, and was closed for many months afterward. It was eventually decided the building would be fully refurbished and reopened in time for the Saints' 2006 home opener on September 25.

On October 3, 2011, it was announced that German automaker Mercedes-Benz purchased naming rights to the stadium. The new name took effect on October 23, 2011.[8] On May 19, 2020, it was announced that Mercedes-Benz would not be renewing the naming rights agreement after the current contract expires in July 2021.[9]

  1. ^ "The Superdome – An Icon Transformed" (PDF). State of Louisiana. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 21, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "Louisiana Superdome Articles". Football.ballparks.com. Archived from the original on January 15, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Modern Steel Construction" (PDF). www.modernsteel.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 20, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Mercedes-Benz Superdome". Football.ballparks.com. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  6. ^ "Louisiana Superdome". National Park Service. January 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME FACTS & FIGURES" (PDF).
  8. ^ Woodyard, Chris (October 4, 2011). "Mercedes-Benz buys naming rights to New Orleans' Superdome". USA Today. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  9. ^ Adelson, Jeff (May 19, 2020). "Mercedes-Benz declines to renew Superdome rights, opening door to new name next year". Nola.com. Retrieved September 2, 2020.

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