Renderings Show New Atriums, Field Boxes To Be Added To Superdome
The first renderings of the planned Mercedes-Benz Superdome renovations have been released, giving a "glimpse of new, wide-open atriums" and "improved concourses to accommodate vendors and field-level end zone boxes," according to Anthony McAuley of NOLA.com. The "most noticeable new feature in the later phases will likely be three new vertical atriums" in the stadium's northeast, northwest and southeast corners. Work on the $450M renovations will "commence early next year," and is expected to "continue through the start" of the '23-24 season, during which Super Bowl LVIII will be played in New Orleans. ASM Global, which runs the stadium, and the Superdome Commission are "still in talks with the Saints over a deal that would keep" the team at the facility until '35, with options to extend to '55 (NOLA.com, 11/14). Meanwhile, in New Orleans, Jeff Nowak noted the Saints have a "big decision to make in the next few seasons" when it comes to the Superdome's naming rights. The current 10-year contract with Mercedes-Benz ends in '21, and the "decision for its renewal or a deal with another brand will be up to the Saints" (NOLA.com, 11/14).