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Benson Reportedly Planning To Void Superdome Lease
Published October 21, 2005
|Benson Reportedly Citing Superdome’s
Condition In Trying To Void Lease
FIXER UPPER: SMG VP Doug Thornton told the Superdome Commission that the Superdome “could be repaired as early as October 2006, depending on the extent of repairs needed.” In Baton Rouge, Mark Ballard notes if the state “chooses to upgrade the facility, it could take longer to reopen.” Meanwhile, Thornton and Superdome Commission Chair Tim Coulon said that they “had no knowledge of damages” to the Saints’ training facility in Metairie, Louisiana. An attorney for Benson in an October 11 letter claimed damage to the facility “effectively terminated the Saints’ lease” (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 10/21). Thornton also indicated that New Orleans Arena “could open its doors by early spring for the last few Hornets games” (TIMES-PICAYUNE, 10/21).
|Blanco Inquires About NFL’s
Plans For Saints In ‘06
SCOURING THE CAMPUS: The Saints through Thursday afternoon had sold 52,218 tickets to the October 30 home game against the Dolphins, their first at LSU’s Tiger Stadium (Saints). LSU AD Skip Bertman said of the Saints four games at Tiger Stadium, “We will make money. There will be no cost to us” (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 10/21).