The Louisiana Superdome opened in 1975 as the largest fixed dome stadium in the world. It was designed to resist winds of up to 200 miles per hour. Hurricane Katrina blew away two sections of the roof, allowing water to pour through, nearly destroying the stadium, and threatening almost 10,000 people who had sought shelter in the stadium.
The Superdome has great history. It was where Michael Jordan nailed a jump shot to lift North Carolina over Georgetown to win their first NCAA title in 25 years. It was the venue of Muhammad Ali’s last fight.
The city had two options, repair the dome if it was still structurally sound, or replace it. (In lieu of, expending the resources and sustaining the financial impact of relocating the New Orleans’ Saints to San Antonio Texas, the decision was made to repair the existing facility.)