When Hurricane Katrina barreled down on New Orleans, the world watched. It was without question one of the most devastating events in recent history. So when Drew Brees led his New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl victory just five years later, the pride was palpable. And when he lifted his son in the air, the entire city cheered him on. Through it all, hard fought victories and painful losses, the Saints have returned time and again to the place they call home: the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. If you’re planning a trip to the Big Easy, here’s what you need to know about the home of the Saints.
At A Glance:
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Who: The Mercedes-Benz Superdome (usually called “The Superdome”) is home to the New Orleans Saints.
Where: The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is located in the middle of the New Orleans, LA business district.
In 1975, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome opened as the Louisiana Superdome. Covering 13 acres, and with a diameter of 680 feet, the Superdome is the largest domed structure in the world. No individual or corporation had naming rights to the Superdome until Mercedes-Benz acquired the rights in 2011. Thanks to its massive size, the Superdome often hosts sporting events (including many past Superbowls, the college basketball Final Four, and college football championships).
The Superdome has a maximum seating capacity of 76,468 during football season, and all these fans can get very loud. That’s one reason why the Saints are known to have such a such a strong home team advantage. While all domed stadiums offer some advantage to their resident teams, the Superdome’s sheer size makes it an especially difficult location for visiting teams.
In 2006, the Superdome underwent a $320 million remodel that included three phases: repairing the damage from Hurricane Katrina, installing new windows, and replacing the roof. Additionally, a large point of sale overhaul allowed fans to purchase concessions with credit cards throughout the stadium.\
- Seven Superbowls have been hosted at the Superdome including Superbowl XII, XV, XX, XXIV, XXXI, XXXVI, and XLVII.
- The Superdome was home to the New Orleans Jazz (NBA) from 1975-1979. The New Orleans Jazz then moved to Salt Lake City and are known today as the Utah Jazz.
- The Superdome is also the home to the Sugar Bowl and New Orleans Bowl.
- The USSR National Gymnastics Team performed at the Superdome in 1976.
- In 1981, The Rolling Stones attracted a record 80,000 fans to the Superdome. The record has yet to be broken.
- After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, the Superdome was used as a last resort shelter for anyone in the city who had nowhere else to go. It cost $185 million to repair the damages caused by the storm.
The 153 luxury suites at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome are located on the 300 and 400 levels. Each suite contains first-class amenities including premium in-suite catering options, HDTV’s, upscale furnishing, wet bars, and comfortable seating. All suites include both interior and bowl seating, so you can watch the game however you choose. Suite ticket holders also get VIP parking, private access to the club levels, and dedicated entry into the Superdome. The 300 level suites seat 16-20 people and the 400 level suites seat 22-40.
Food & Drinks:
Concessions at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome are furnished by Centerplate. In The Bunker Club, fans can dine on meatballs and marinara, pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ shrimp and grits, and other Southern favorites in a sit-down restaurant while watching the game on big screen HDTVs. Throughout the main concourse, visitors of the Saints and the opposing team can find everything from nachos and hamburgers to smoked sausage and Asian tuna salads.
What To Do When You Visit:
Visit the Hall of Fame Museum: The New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame Museum originally opened in Kenner, LA in 1988. It was relocated to the Superdome in 2007. Journey back through time to explore the beginning of the Saints franchise.
See a concert: The Mercedes-Benz Superdome has hosted such notable artists as Beyonce, Jay-Z, Tim McGraw, One Direction, and The Rolling Stones.
See an exhibit: Erected throughout the Superdome are exhibits recognizing important people or moments in Saints’ history. Some exhibits include the “One Year in the Making” Hurricane Katrina monument and the Allstate Sugar Bowl Sports Hall of Fame.
- Parking facilities around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome can accommodate approximately 7,000 vehicles.
- Parking for New Orleans Saints games typically costs between $30-$50. All on-site Superdome parking is cash only.
- The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) has five streetcar stations within walking distance of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
- There are nine bus stops within walking distance of the stadium. Bus lines 16, 84, E-2, 101, 102, 106, 114, and 115 all service these stations.
- Uber, Lyft, and taxis can take you to and from the stadium.
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