The Caesars Superdome is a building of championship class and southern culture since its construction in 1975. Commonly known at the Superdome, the stadium has hosted seven Super Bowls, five Final Fours, one of the premier college football bowl games in the Sugar Bowl and the world-renowned Bayou Classic and Battle of the Bands between Southern University and Grambling state.
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Stadium Guide by Football Tripper USA
|Team:||New Orleans Saints|
|Address:||1500 Sugar Bowl Dr, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112|
|Stadium Owner:||The Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District|
|Former Names:||Louisiana Superdome (1975–2011), Mercedes-Benz Superdome (2011–2021)|
|Architect:||Curtis and Davis Associated, Edward B. Silverstein & Associates, Nolan & Norman & Nolan|
|Playing Surface:||Turf Nation S5|
Designed by architectural firm Curtis and Davis, the building was opened as the Louisiana Superdome in 1975. The primarily steel building is the largest domed structure in the world.
The concept for the stadium was inspired by the Houston Astrodome through David Dixon, the creator of the now-defunct United States Football League, World Championship Tennis and a minority owner of the Oakland Raiders. To facilitate numerous sports, many of the multiuse designs used in today’s arena architecture were started in the Superdome thanks to Dixon’s visions, like removable pitchers mounds for baseball, seating that could be rearranged for each sport and incorporating meeting and convention spaces into the areas around the arena.
Pushing funding for the stadium was just as wacky as the multiuse goals of the arena. Models made of sugar and copper pennies were put on display to get public support for funding the project. Despite the process, the final cost of the stadium skyrocketed from an initial $46 million to $165 million. An investigation was made into the stadium’s funding, but economic factors like the 1973 oil crisis were blamed instead of individual actions.
The Superdome was thrown into chaos in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Used as a shelter of last resort for those unable to evacuate one of the most destructive storms in American history, multiple deaths and crime were reported in the building. The stadium’s concrete supports were exposed due to the high winds and photos of the Superdome’s damage was shared with images of mass flooding, property damage and struggles of survival.
The reopening ceremonies of the Superdome were just as important for the area and the country. Free concerts, a coin toss by then President George W. Bush and the largest television audience by ESPN joined the 70,003 in attendance for the first game held at the Superdome after the hurricane.
Like many NFL stadiums, the largest event by attendance was from professional wrestling. WrestleMania 34 in 2018 brought 78,133 fans into the arena. WrestleMania 30 had the next largest attendance with 75,167 fans in 2014. Concerts have been held in the Superdome since 1978, but seating configurations brings the stage towards the end zones instead. Seating configurations range from 15,000 to 56,211.
Soccer, rugby and baseball have all held exhibitions at the stadium, but larger crowds were seen for international gymnastics from 1970s-1990s and boxing. In front of a then-largest crowd of 65,000, Muhammad Ali won the world Heavyweight title for the third time in his last professional win in 1978.
Other events of cultural note brought in tens of thousands of people, including the four-day 1988 Republican National Convention, over 65,000 attending the world premiere of Disney’s animated film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, and over 80,000 children addressed by Pope John Paul II in 1987.
Not to be confused with Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the car manufacturer announced it will not renew naming rights after the current contract expires in July 2021.
New Orleans Saints Info
|Rivals:||Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons|
|Team Colours:||Old Gold, Black, White|
|Club Mascot:||Gumbo, Sir Saint|
|Fight Song:||"When the Saints Go Marching In"|
|Team Owner:||Gayle Benson|
|Top Passing Leader:||Drew Brees|
|Top Rushing Leader:||Deuce McAllister|
|Top Points Scorer:||Morten Andersen|
|AV Leader:||Drew Brees|
|Winningest Coach:||Sean Payton|
|Famous Players:||Archie Manning, Alvin Kamara, George Rogers, Bobby Hebert, Joe Horn|
|Famous Coaches:||Sean Payton, Jim E. Mora, Jim Haslett|
Visiting the Stadium - Travel
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome offers 7 lots around the stadium, as well as 2 surface lots. Parking information changes depending on the event, so be sure to check the information you receive with your ticket.
Read more about parking here from the official site.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Caesars Superdome?
New Orleans Saints play their home matches at Caesars Superdome.
What is the capacity of Caesars Superdome?
As of 2022 Caesars Superdome has an official seating capacity of 73,208 for Football matches.
When was Caesars Superdome opened?
Caesars Superdome officially opened in 1975 and is home to New Orleans Saints
What is the ZIP code for Caesars Superdome?
The ZIP code for Caesars Superdome is 70112.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Caesars Superdome in 2022. Please visit the official website of New Orleans Saints for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.