The Superdome doors opened in 1975 after almost a decade of legislative planning. "The Dome", as it is largely referenced, soon became one of the most notable venues nationwide. Within years of opening, the Superdome had already hosted many large-scale occasions such as The Superbowl, Worlds Fair, Visit from Pope John Paul II, and many concerts and other events.
In 2005 the world turned its eyes on the Superdome as it became the safe place to many victims of the massive destruction brought by Hurricane Katrina. At one particular point during this nightmare of events, the Superdome held over 30,000 New Orleans residents escaping the catastrophe. The Superdome sustained $185.4 million in damage itself.
Since then the vibrant city of New Orleans has revamped and is back better than ever. The Superdome has been purchased by Mercedes Benz Corporation and completely renovated with a massive $500 million dollars worth of changes. This has entailed from structural changes, to the construction of fan tailgating plaza "Champions Square, to the technology intense exterior lighting system. This beautiful reconstruction of the Superdome has readied it for the hosting of this years biggest NFL game and most watched televised event ever, the Superbowl.
The Superdome has hosted the Super Bowl more times than any other venue. The big game has been played in "The Dome" six times in total, in 1978, 1981, 1986, 1990, 1997 and 2002. 2013 will mark the lucky number seven. The Beautiful Songstress, Alicia Keys is set to open the big game, with the Pop Icon, Beyonce taking the stage for the coveted game halftime performance.
The city of New Orleans is hurrying to get ready for the massive load of NFL fans ascending into the city. From traffic control to hospitality management the city is getting ready for the festive occasion. With this, the Superdome is standing tall, smiling, ready to play home to the big party.