Sunday, August 21, 2011

Superdome's bad rap forgotten

I really hate to bring back bad memories, but do you remember after Katrina, there was talk about tearing down the Superdome? The word was nobody would ever be able to forget the horrible incidents that had occurred - or were supposed to have occurred - there after the storm. It was horrible, but I guess we just forgot.

The Saints helped us forget by winning the Super Bowl. Everybody bought season tickets and replaced the bad images with victorious ones.

Last week, for the start of exhibition season, Saints fans returned to the Dome and marveled at the latest $85 million in renovations. Officials state the 36-year-old stadium now ranks among the top 10 in the National Football League. Wider concourses, more seats, club lounges with flat-screen TVs and VIP parking are just a few of the amenities.

Since Hurricane Katrina, there has been $336 million in renovations, including $155 million from FEMA, $121 million from the state of Louisiana, $444 million from the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District and $15 million from the NFL.

We're happy for short memories.

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