Superdome Commission today to launch spending plans for first stages of $450 million renovation

Work to happen next three off-seasons

Chris Miller
August 21, 2019 - 8:11 am

The board that oversees the Superdome meets today and begins deciding how to spend millions of dollars of recently approved bonds, to renovate the nearly 45-year-old stadium in time for Super Bowl LVIII. The state bond commission last week approved the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District's plans. Now the work begins to make the Superdome upgrades a reality.

"Today what we're going to do is vote on the parameters of the $350 million bond issue," said LSED Chairman Kyle France. "The rubber is starting to hit the road on looking toward hopefully breaking ground on the renovations right after the last football game of this season."

The meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. in the Superdome's St. Charles Club Lounge, Room A. Click here to read the agenda.

France says they want to get started as soon as football season ends with the first round of work, which will take three football off seasons to complete.

Fans won't likely notice that first round of work when the Superdome reopens for the 2021 NFL season. France says much of the early work will concentrate on facilities behind the scenes, like kitchens and elevators.

But before it's all done, the plan will make changes in seating areas and to other fan amenities. It includes field-level luxury seats and standing-room only areas that look out on to the field. France says all this planning is underway, because the improvements need to be ready when Super Bowl LVIII is played in the Superdome in early 2024. And that means it all must be finished by the time the Saints play their home opener for the 2023 season.

"The architects are working on the plans, ongoing," said France. "It's a 'round the clock process now."

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