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AFL VooDoo To Play Six Home Games In Mercedes-Benz Superdome In '13

Logistics are not yet worked out to transform the Superdome into a 50-yard field
The AFL New Orleans VooDoo will play most of their home games in the '13 season in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome because “upcoming construction" on the New Orleans Arena after the Hornets season made it necessary for the team to "find another venue to play after its first three home games,” according to Rachel Whittaker of the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE. The VooDoo announced that the Superdome “will house the team from May to July.” VooDoo co-Owner Dan Newman said that in case an agreement with the Superdome was not reached, the “team had been talking with the Baton Rouge River Center, the Cajundome in Lafayette and the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi as possible sites to play.” He said that “average attendance per game last season in the New Orleans Arena was 7,000-10,000 fans.” Newman said, “People think 'wow 60,000-plus seats, that's a lot of seats to fill.' Most of our fans are season-ticket holders who understand we're in a situation where it's make it work in the Superdome or don't play.” Logistics to work out before the VooDoo's first of six home games in the Superdome “start with how to set up the 50-yard field that arena football teams play on.” Newman said that the “added space between seats in the Superdome is a factor to consider.” It has been “20 years since an arena football game was played in the Superdome," when the New Orleans Night played in the building in ‘91-92. Newman said during that span the field was "pushed to one end zone and stretched across the field." He added that a configuration for the ‘13 season “isn't definite yet” (NOLA.com, 10/3).
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