Ramps coming out as Superdome gets ready for Super Bowl LVIII in 4 years

$450M work also key to new Saints lease

Chris Miller
January 27, 2020 - 6:21 am

It's Super Bowl Week! While Miami gets ready to host one of the most-watched events in the world, the Superdome is four years away from hosting Super Bowl LVIII in 2024.

Workers are getting ready to begin making some major changes in the 45-year-old stadium. Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District Chairman Kyle France says this phase is mostly behind the scenes stuff.

"There's some back-of-house issues that we're taking care of that's out of the public eye," the Superdome commission chairman said, but he said there will be a few changes people will see when football returns in August.

"Escalators and stairwells," said France. "I think from the public view, that's probably what they'll see."

It will take a total of four football off-seasons in all, not just to replace the ramps with escalators, but also create new atria in the concourses, build new field-level suites, and other amenities to keep the Superdome as modern today as it was when it opened in 1975.

The $450 million project is also seen as vital to keeping the Saints playing in New Orleans, with talks aimed at extending their lease through 2035, with a possible extension to 2055.

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