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February 1, 2013 - From Katrina to Super Bowl XLVII
Built in 1975, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, previously known as the Louisiana Superdome, in New Orleans, Louisiana, hosted six Super Bowls between 1978 and 2002 and sheltered thousands of residents during Hurricanes Georges (1998) and Ivan (2004). However, when Hurricane Katrina came ashore on August 29, 2005, the Superdome suffered massive damage and severe flooding, as shown in the September 2005 image above, threatening the safety of residents once again seeking shelter there. A little more than a year later in September 2006, the Superdome, home to the New Orleans Saints, reopened its doors. The March 2012 image above shows the renovations to New Orleans and the Superdome.
This Sunday, February 3, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is hosting the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVI, the first Super Bowl hosted at the Superdome since the 2005 storm.