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$450M Superdome Renovation Approved

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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After collaboration between the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints and Louisiana state officials, a deal approving the first phase of the $450 million Mercedes-Benz Superdome renovation has been made.

In addition to beginning transformative renovations on the Superdome, the deal will also keep the NFL team in the state throughout 2035, extending their current lease by 10 years.

Superdome History

Opened in August of 1975, the Superdome hosts 73,208 seats and is an iconic stadium to locals, NFL fans, designers and architects alike.

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After collaboration between the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints and Louisiana state officials, a deal approving the first phase of the $450 million Mercedes-Benz Superdome renovation has been made.

In 2005, the Dome became a “Refuge of Last Resort” for 30,000 evacuees seeking shelter from Hurricane Katrina. After the natural disaster, the stadium received $376 million for major repairs and was closed for 13 months while the renovations took place, reopening in September 2006 for a Saints game against the Atlanta Falcons.

In 2010, the stadium received a closed-cell spray polyurethane foam together with a hybrid polyurea-polyurethane elastomeric topcoat in attempts to restore the exterior, as well as provide insulation and waterproofing.

Some time later, in 2013, PaintSquare reported on the stadium’s use of Pioneer Athletics’ waterborne paint for the then-upcoming Super Bowl. The paint was specially delivered so that it wouldn’t freeze during shipment and was rated safe for grass and ground water.

By 2016, the Superdome received $40 million for the addition of large video boards, constructed behind each end zone.

The Project

For this round of renovations, the cost of the project is being split between the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District ($207 million), the Saints ($150 million) and the state of Louisiana ($93 million) through a creative funding plan. And according to theScore, the total cost is roughly $1 billion less than building a new stadium all together.

Various executives from the Saints, the state and SMG—the company that manages the Dome—have already been collaborating on the project for two years. In 2017, a $422,000 master plan for the renovation was conducted by San Francisco-based architects Gensler Sports. Over time, officials have reduced the scope of the original project in efforts to reduce costs.

During the first phase of the four-phase renovation, a selected contractor will be removing 80,000 square feet of interior ramps and installing new elevators and escalators. The cost for this portion of the project is $100 million.

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The cost of the project is being split between the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District ($207 million), the New Orleans Saints ($150 million) and the state of Louisiana ($93 million) through a creative funding plan.

"The building has to be modernized so we can improve the fan experience," said Saints President Dennis Lauscha.

More upgrades to be tackled in the following phases include: completely remodeled lobby entrances, new east and west sideline club lounges, expanded luxury box suites, new endzone field level box suites, a plaza expansion, new end-zone standing areas, a new visiting team locker room as well as an expanded team store, retail spaces and a Saints Hall of Fame.

“We felt like if we’re going to preserve the life of the Superdome and have it remain competitive for another 20, 25 years, then we need to do something transformative,” said Doug Thornton, Vice President of Stadiums for SMG.

“We’re changing the infrastructure compared to what we’ve done in the past [renovations]. It’s not just putting lipstick on it.”

Moving forward, the LSED has already approved local firm Broadmoor Construction LLC to serve on the preconstruction phase as the construction manager at risk. Broadmoor was chosen after LSED reviewed bids from four other competitors in April.

Construction is slated to begin in January 2020 with most work being completed during the next four Saints off-seasons. However, the stadium still plans to host the College Football Playoff National Championship title game in 2020 and the NCAA Final Four in 2022.

   

Tagged categories: Commercial contractors; Contractors; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Project Management; Projects - Commercial; Renovation; Stadiums/Sports Facilities; Upcoming projects

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