Vintage commercials: Archie and Peyton, Showbiz Pizza and the Superdome

How great are these old commercials? My best guess is that these aired in the mid-1980s, probably around 1986. Who didn’t have a birthday party at Showbiz Pizza growing up? It was located on Veterans Blvd., near David Drive in Metairie. I grew up on Academy Drive, so it was an easy haul from my house. We […]

Thornton: Only a few inches separated the Superdome from utter chaos after Katrina

SMG Executive Vice President Doug Thornton, who was inside the Superdome through it all, recounts the close call.

Panoramic picture from my seat in the Superdome

[Video] Super Bowl XLVII: Behind the Scenes As the Lights Went Out

It’s amazing how calm everyone stayed in the heat of the moment. Doug Thornton, executive vice president of SMG, the company that manages the Superdome on behalf of the state, was noticeably concerned though. “Frank, we lost the A feed.” He then swallows hard.

Joint Statement from Entergy, SMG Regarding Superdome Power Outage

Media release: Shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be […]

CBS Uses Old Superdome Photo for Super Bowl XLVII Promo

Come on, CBS. The Superdome has been wearing its beautiful new skin for nearly THREE YEARS. I took the above screen capture from a promo for ‘The Talk’ that’s airing now, previewing live shows here all next week in Jackson Square. And this is the shot they use. The Superdome obviously looks much better now, […]

Superdome Panorama

This is my first panoramic shot on the iPhone 5. It was the best thing to come out of the Superdome today.

The View from the Press Box

This is the view from the WDSU seats in the press box, the true nosebleed seats in the Superdome. You can’t get much higher than this. The press box was relocated following the 2009 season to make room for more suites in the Plaza level. You can’t argue with the logic in that — the […]

A Wild Few Weeks

Those who follow the local sports scene might find it difficult to take a breath these days. I can’t remember a time when so many captivating storylines were happening concurrently. The NBA lockout continues. No one knows when the Hornets will play in the Arena again. LSU players Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware and Tharold Simon […]

[VIDEO] The Superdome in Lights

Saints owner Tom Benson, along with Superdome officials, debuted a new $1.6 million dollar LED exterior lighting system Thursday night. It is the largest installation of its kind in the U.S. and includes five miles of copper wiring. It’s pretty energy-efficient, too — using roughly the same amount of energy it takes to power a […]

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 […]

Game Day: Vikings @ Saints

The Superdome’s New Skin

This is how the Superdome’s exterior renovation looks so far. I shot this picture earlier today. The job is less than halfway complete, but when it’s done it will look incredible. This picture doesn’t really do it justice. The new gold exterior is striking.

NFC Championship Sights and Sounds

I posted more videos from Sunday on my YouTube channel.

Vikings/Saints in NFC Title Game

The NFC Championship game is set. By thumping the Dallas Cowboys 34-3, the Minnesota Vikings earned a trip to the Superdome on Sunday. Kickoff is 5:40 p.m. Here’s a nugget tweeted out by the NFL: Favre’s 1st career game against Saints-11/14/93. Pack wins, 19-17 @ Superdome. 18 of 32, 150 yards, 1 TD pass.