The Mercedes- Benz Superdome will host Super Bowl 47. The Super Bowl set to be played on February 3rd in New Orleans; will be the sixth time the Super Bowl has been celebrated in the Superdome. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the largest fixed domed structure in the world. Its steel frame covers a 13-acre (5.3 ha) expanse. Its 273-foot (83 m) dome is made of a Lamella multi-ringed frame and has a diameter of 680 feet (210 m).
Superdome: 2011 Remodeling
The Superdome has suffered several remodeling projects, the latest on in 2011. During the 2011 remodeling of the Superdome, the lower bowl of the stadium was demolish and reconstructed to increase seating capacity by 3,500, widening the plaza concourse, adding two 7,500 square foot club lounges and additional concession stands. The temporary stairs leading from Champions Square to the Dome were demolished and then replaced with permanent steps. In addition new express elevators were completed to take coaches and media from the ground level to the press box area.
The two club lounges added can serve up to 4,500 fans, equipped with leather chairs with cup-holders, granite counter tops and flat-screen TV’s. This remodeling also ended the stadium’ ability to offer an authorized baseball configuration. Now that these renovations were completed, the Superdome is one of the most up-dated facilities in the US.
The home of the Super Bowl 47, the Superdome, provide a wider concourse level, and has improved the restrooms capacity adding 75 new women’s stalls and adding 131 ADA seats. The new concourse has all-new flooring, lighting, murals, color scheme and signage. As part of the recent remodeling project, all elevators cab were also refurbished, and a new LED lighting system was installed to illuminate the Superdome exterior. This energy efficient system will allow for unlimited color and lighting patterns that can be customized specifically for every event. The Super Bowl 47 Venue is the biggest stadium reconstruction project ever attempted in the US.
Superdome Construction Facts
- More than 15,800 aluminum panels replaced the original dome exterior surface
- The Superdome was restored to the original colors using a new anodized fade-proof finish
- 400,000 square feet of aluminum was specially manufactured for the Superdome
- 983 LED Lights were installed at the top of the Gate C Podium and on the landing of the Grand Staircase.
- Mercedes-Benz paid $50 million for 10 years as part of the name rights
- The Stadium Architect was Curtis and Davis
- The General Contractor and Construction Managers were Huber, Hunt & Nichols Joint Venture with Blount
- The Superdome started construction in August 11,1971
- The Superdome opened its doors on August 3, 1975
- The Superdome reaches 273 feet high
- Its dome has a diameter of 680 feet
- More than 168,000 cubic yards were placed during construction
- The Superdome contains an estimated 20,000 tons of structural steel
- Its air conditioning rates 9,000 tons
- It has more than 50 meeting rooms
- The parking capacity is well over 5,000 cars and more than 200 buses
- It contains more than 15,200 fully computerized lighting fixtures
- If we were to stretch electrical wires used inside the Superdome, it will stretch from Baton Rouge Louisiana up to Dallas Texas, 440 miles
- The Superdome has more than 550,000 square feet of anodized aluminum siding