The Superdome is the biggest fixed dome in the entire world and a major attraction in the city of New Orleans. Besides being the home of the Superbowl XLIV Champion New Orleans Saints, it also plays host to the Tulane Green Wave football team and a wide variety of major sporting events, concerts, and exhibitions throughout the year. Superdome history is filled with triumph and tragedy, from the aforementioned Superbowl victory of the hometown New Orleans Saints, to the aftermath of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. It has become more than merely a tourist attraction and a place to see concerts and Saints games. It now stands as a symbol of the resiliency and perseverance of an entire city that banded together out of necessity and a feeling of collective responsibility for one another during one of the most severe disasters in the history of the U.S.
Because of the size of the Superdome, its ability to house sporting events or concerts in any conditions, and the popular nature of New Orleans as a tourist destination, this venue has hosted (and continues to host) some of the biggest events in the world of sports and entertainment. On top of being the rotating home of certain major sporting events including the NCAA Men’s Final Four and Football BCS Championship games, it is also slated to host Superbowl XLVII in 2013. The seating capacity at the Louisiana Superdome hovers at around 70,000, but fluctuates for larger events that involve standing room ground seats. The Rolling Stones played the largest indoor concert in history at the time in 1983 for nearly 90,000 fans. There are also numerous Superdome hotels nearby, which help with the influx of visitors when the venue hosts these major events.
Other major concert events have enriched the Superdome history including performances by the likes of Green Day and U2 during the post-Katrina renovation and reopening of the venue. Guns n Roses performed a historic concert in the early 1990s to a capacity crowd. Each and every year the Essence Festival is held at the Superdome as well. This highly anticipated annual event brings together the most talented and notable names from the world of R and B and hip-hop as well as other leaders from the African-American community. The Essence Festival is more than just musical performances. It brings together people for the reason of not only entertaining, but also educating and empowering.
It took about $185 million to renovate and restore the Superdome after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The project was financed by a number of sources including the city of New Orleans and the NFL. The first game played at the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina was a Monday Night football game that was broadcast to the single largest audience to ever watch a Monday night game. New Orleans Saints tickets and other hot Superdome events are sometimes sold out so buying in advance is a good idea.