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Superdome

This is the Superdome and is located at 1500 Poydras Street in New Orleans. Since its completion on August 3, 1975 at a cost of $163 million, it's home to the New Orleans Saints as well as a host to many other sporting and political events.
The electronic marquee outside of the Superdome on Poydras Street is 
obvious as you're driving by. Though the Superdome may be open during those hours displayed here, don't expect a tour anytime soon. Tours were no longer available as of September 11, 2001. The main gate, however, is open and the receptionist is happy to answer questions.
  
The structure's dome is a whopping 680 feet in diameter and is 273 feet in height at its center (about 27 stories) with an area of 9.7 acres. The playing/event field is an incredible 166,000 square feet, easily enough room for football games and more. It can also seat a small city of 100,000, as well.  As you can see from these photos, it was undergoing a remodel when this photo was taken in June, 2010.
  
Sculpted by Louisiana resident, Patrick Miller, this nine-foot, 1/2 ton bronze statue of Governor John McKeithen can be found on the exterior plaza on the northwest corner of the Superdome and is visible from Polydras St. McKeithen was a veteran of the Second WorldWar and served as Governor of Louisiana from 1964 to 1972.  He passed away in 1999 and this statue was later dedicated to him on January 24, 2002. It is thought that he was primarily responsible for the concept and funding of the Superdome.  Incidentally, the area encompassing the Superdome and the New Orleans Arena is known as, "The Governor John J. McKeithen Sports and Entertainment Complex."
 
  
This is the main entrance, referred to as "Gate A-Ground."
There are also 8 other plaza entrances. 
 
 
 
 
 
Political conventions and concerts are no strangers to the Superdome.  T
he record crowd occurred in 1981 during a Rolling Stones concert that attracted its largest audience ever at 87,500! It was also a temporary shelter to many people stranded during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


Workers placing exterior panels on the Superdome.  
The renovation cost about $85 million and work was completed mid-2011.




 
This photo was taken from one of the surface parking lots at the "rear" of the Superdome.  This is an area that is not normally accessible to the general public.  A lesson: never leave a gate open to determined photographer!
 

 


 
This is a ramp that leads to the upper level of one of the four parking 
structures in the Superdome. In the background is the Central Business District (CBD) along Poydras St.