Five Years Later: The Superdome Reopens

The Louisiana Superdome reopened five years ago today. Entering the game, the Saints and Falcons were both 2-0. The buildup to the game was unprecedented. But the Saints pounding the Falcons 23-3 before a frenzied sellout crowd was merely a footnote in this unbelievable story of resilience.

After Steve Gleason blocked that punt and set the stage for the night, the outcome was never really in question. Sure, the win was big. And the Saints needed that win. But the reopening of the Dome, as has been well chronicled, meant so much more. Magic was in the air that night.

Most agree the Superdome has never been louder. The pre-game was electrifying. Green Day and U2 burned a new song into the fabric of the community. ‘The Saints Are Coming’ might have been an understatement.

I was at the Dome with my wife and closest friends in the world. I will never forget the floor shaking beneath me. Or the ringing in my ears. Or the constant high-fives and hugs. Or the tears.

The Times-Picayune published a great series looking back at the reopening from different angles. The stories are below.

> ‘MNF’ crew has fond memories of ’emotional’ game
> Game holds special meaning for Saints players
> Musical performances set tone in return to the Superdome
> Superdome’s destruction, aftermath made for emotional return for workers
> Saints cult hero Steve Gleason battling ALS

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