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Mercedes-Benz Superdome poised to receive $450m renovation

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is poised to be given a $450m (€403m) renovation as part of a deal that will keep the Saints in New Orleans until 2035.

If approved, it will be the first major renovation of the 44-year-old stadium since the repairs that followed Hurricane Katrina, which were completed in 2011.

The plan includes the Saints signing a 10-year extension with the state of Louisiana to remain at the venue. The current lease agreement expires in 2025.

Construction, which is set to begin in January 2020, will take place during the NFL off-seasons and around major events like the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2022. The work is expected to be completed in time for Super Bowl LVIII in 2024, which is being held at the Superdome.

The Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, the government entity which oversees the property, will pay $207m of the renovation costs, the Saints $150m and the state $93m. Features include a new visiting team locker room, a new standing-room only section, additional suites and expanded concourses.

“We felt like if we’re going to preserve the life of the Superdome and have it remain competitive for another 20, 25 years, then we need to do something transformative,” said Doug Thornton, the vice-president of stadiums for SMG, which manages the Superdome for the state.

“We’re changing the infrastructure compared to what we’ve done in the past (renovations). It’s not just putting lipstick on it.”

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