New Orleans Saints’ home to still be renovated despite COVID-19
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s facelift is going to continue as planned
The coronavirus global pandemic might be shutting down most business activities across the world, but it won’t stop the Mercedes-Benz Superdome renovation that’s currently in progress. That’s what the president of the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans, Dennis Lauscha, confirmed during an interview with the team’s in-house media. Currently, the franchise is working on the first phase of the $450 million Superdome renovation, which is going right on schedule.
“There have been no alterations,” said Lauscha, when he was asked about the renovation plans. He added, “It’s full speed ahead. I know (ASM Global), and the state is working hard to continue on the construction of the Superdome. We’ve been fully engaged. We have a handful of consultants that we use. The same is true with the state and (the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District), and I can tell you it’s moving forward.”
This ambitious project of nearly half a billion dollars will be completed in several phases. The long-term goal is for the whole arena renovation to be completed before the 2023 season starts. This would see it finished right in time for the 2024 Super Bowl, which is scheduled to take place in New Orleans.
In charge of the renovations is Trahan Architects. Its CEO, Victor “Trey,” described this first phase as “an enabling phase” during a November interview. Most of this work done will be focusing on back-of-house, work which means that fans won’t even notice the change. The renovation project started back in January after the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship ended.