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NOLA Superdome Reno Renderings Released

Friday, November 22, 2019

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Officials have released the first renderings of the $450 million makeover of New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome following the stadium Commission’s approval of the first phase of construction.

The interior illustrations give a look at open-air atriums, new concourses and field-level end zone boxes.

Superdome History

Opened in August of 1975, the Superdome hosts 73,208 seats and became a “Refuge of Last Resort” for 30,000 evacuees seeking shelter from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 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.

Images: Trahan Architects unless otherwise noted

Officials have released the first renderings of the $450 million makeover of New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome following the stadium Commission’s approval of the first phase of construction.

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.

Later, in 2013, PaintSquare Daily News 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. And in 2017, a $422,000 master plan for the renovation was conducted by San Francisco-based architects Gensler Sports. Since the original plan, officials have reduced the scope of the project in efforts to bring down costs.

The Project

To cover the cost of the renovation, a borrowing repayment plan is being split between the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District ($210 million), the National Football League’s Saints ($150 million) and the state of Louisiana ($90 million). The plan was approved on Aug. 15 by the Commission’s panel of statewide elected officials and lawmakers.

Daniel Schwen, CC-BY-SA-4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Although lawmakers are still determining how the state will cover its share, the LSED plans on covering its portion of renovation costs through local hotel taxes that have been dedicated to operations and revenue it receives from facility events.

Upgrades 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.

Approvals and Updates

According to previous reports, this first phase of the renovation involves the removal of 80,000 square feet of interior ramps and installation of new elevators and escalators. The estimated cost for this portion of the project is $100 million.

According to previous reports, this first phase of the renovation involves the removal of 80,000 square feet of interior ramps and installation of new elevators and escalators. The estimated cost for this portion of the project is $100 million.

The renderings were issued by Trahan Architects, the lead design firm on the renovation. The LSED had previously approved local firm Broadmoor Construction LLC to serve on the preconstruction phase as the construction manager at risk after LSED reviewed bids from four other competitors in April. The firm was also chosen for the first phase of construction.

After the Commission approved the plan, officials also confirmed that work is slated to commence early next year, either after the College Football Playoff Championship Game on Jan. 13, or the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 19, should the Saints play host to that.

Despite earlier reports that the stadium is likely to host the College Football Playoff National Championship title game in 2020 and the NCAA Final Four in 2022, construction is expected to continue through the start of the 2023-24 season, which will end with the Superdome hosting that year’s NFL Super Bowl.

   

Tagged categories: Commercial Construction; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Project Photos; Renovation; Stadiums/Sports Facilities; Upcoming projects

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