Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta blows up the Georgia Dome as the Superdome continues to thrive

November 21, 2017 - 7:44 am

In Atlanta, the Georgia Dome was imploded after 25 years in existence. Meanwhile, the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans continues to be one of the top entertainment venues in the country.

Alan Freeman, General Manager of the Superdome, says when the facility was built, the architects took a long range view of the stadium’s future.

“The marching orders that the architects and engineers were given were very far sighted. There’s a lot of things about the Superdome that clearly are very practical.”

Freeman also credits the success of the Superdome to the great relationship they have with the New Orleans Saints. He says the state owns the arena and provides the funds to keep up with improvements as the building ages, especially after Hurricane Katrina did major damage.

“The state came up with $85 million in upgrades to the building that really put us back on the forefront as far as buildings that are capable of hosting Super Bowls, Final Fours and WrestleMania.”

Freeman says the Superdome is a viable building and in a city that thrives on hosting major events. He says they have plans to make the facility bigger and better than it is now.

“We are in the process of working on the master plan that is going to require a sizable investment to keep this building where it is positioned today for the next 25 or 30 years.”

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