Designed in 1967 by the architectural
practice of Curtis and Davis, the steel frame that encompasses it covers
13 acres and the dome has a diameter of 210 meters thus it is the
largest fixed structure with a dome on the entire planet.
Apart from hosting the Saints and the
Tulane Green Wave (an NCAA team) the stadium also hosts several other
events such as the State Farm Bayou Classic, the New Orleans Bowl, the
Allstate Sugar Bowl and the BCS National Championship Game once every
four years. The NFL has hosted six Super Bowls at the Superdome, with a
seventh scheduled for 2013.
The building covers 52 acres of land
and its height reaches 77.1 meters while the floor area covers almost
25000 square meters. It can host a varying number of people depending on
the sport being played, for football the maximum capacity is of 76468
while for basketball it is of 73432 while for baseball only 63525
persons have seats.
Apart from its multiple purposes during the
2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster it became a shelter for thousands of
persons even if it suffered damages too.