Located at 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112, the Louisiana Superdome opened its doors on August 3, 1975. During the 1975- 1976 NCAA football season the new stadium became the home of the Sugar Bowl, replacing the former venue, Tulane Stadium. The Sugar Bowl had been held at Tulane Stadium since its inception in 1935. With the Superdome, event seating swelled from 35,000 at the former location to 80,985. The dome’s initial cost was $134 million. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005- 2006, it cost another $193 million to repair and upgrade the venue.
The Superdome, which can be found in the city’s Central Business District, was designed by the firm of Curtis and Davis. It’s a modernist structure that boasts of having the largest fixed dome in the world. The dome has a diameter of 680 feet and is 273 feet tall. The steel frame structure extends over 13 acres.
At first the playing field was outfitted with AstroTurf; then Superdome switched to FieldTurf partway through the 2003 football season. After Hurricane Katrina, Sportexe MomentumTurf replaced the FieldTurf.
There are many different seating options available to Sugar Bowl patrons, including two kinds of upscale seating regions: the Superdome Luxury Suites and Superdome Club Level. Additionally, there are three other levels of seating that include Plaza (100 levels) and Terrace (500 and 600 levels). At the Plaza Level, the home side of the stadium is located sections 131 and 153 and the visitor’s side runs from 103 to 123. The end zones are between sections 124 and 130 and 154 to 156 and 101 to 102.
The exclusive Superdome Luxury Suites are located at the 300 and 400 levels. There are 137 areas that offer the best views in the Superdome. Newly renovated, these luxury suites include beautiful wood ceilings, rich carpeted floors, fine murals and elegant tiles. The well designed, nicely appointed decor defines the 300 and 400 levels as uniquely smart. Refined furnishings include chairs and couches lined in leather, counter tops made of smooth granite, elegant cabinets fashioned from teak wood, vivid plasma TVs, and high tech phone systems. There’s also an electronic point-of-sale system that allows attendees to purchase fine foods, a range of beverages and fan clothing.
The menu in the Superdome Luxury Suites ranges from nuts to soup with all types of hot and cold foods, drinks and snacks at your beck and call. Fish, pork, beef and chicken are all available. Of course there are ribs too. Prices range from $22 for various snacks to $400 to $700 for full meals. All selections serve a dozen people.
There are 64 suites at the 400 level with each seating area between 22- 40. At the 300 level there are 73 more suites with each seating between 16- 20. At the writing of this piece, the Superdome Luxury Suites are sold out annually, however, there are a few available at the 300 level that maybe rented for specific events.
Improvements to the club level (200 level) have been numerous. The four main reception rooms in this area now have 96-foot long and 12-foot high windows that offer panoramic views of the surrounding neighborhoods. The interior of each club lounge is totally modernized and converted to include high tech accoutrements. Elevated, rich wood ceilings, luxurious carpeted floors, custom murals and polished tiles define this area as being trendy, exclusive and upscale. Fine leather seating, natural granite counter tops, smooth teak wood cabinets, brilliant plasma TVs, and new phone systems are all part of the club experience. There’s also an electronic point-of-sale system that enables attendees to buy food and beverages with ease. Escalators will soon be installed that will take fans to this area.
In the main seating section of the arena, state-of-the-art LED video boards and scoreboards offering vivid graphics and dazzling effects, bigger concessions with a greater variety of offerings and high-end, trendy contemporary décor make the Superdome a true showplace.
For the Sugar Bowl
Gates Open: They open at 5:30 p.m. which is two hours before kickoff. Once inside the Superdome, fans cannot leave the premises and then re-enter.
Entrances: There are numerous entrances including Gate A on the Ground Level and Gates A, B, C, D, E, G & H on the Plaza Level.
Entry Measures: At all entry gates, bag checks and pat-downs will be performed.
Carry in rules: Security measures include but are not limited to the checking of bags and pat downs. The following items are the only ones allowed in the Superdome—small ladies purses, diaper bags and camera bags. The only animals allowed are service dogs. Items not allowed include banners that are large or in poor taste, bottles, cans, containers of any kind, contraband, laptops, large bags, laser pointers, noisemakers, outside food and drink, oversized packages, projectiles, weapons, audio recording equipment, video cameras, professional cameras with lenses longer than 6 inches, beach balls, backpacks, large sticks or poles or other item(s) that the Louisiana Superdome deems unacceptable and the New Orleans Arena does not permit. Items not allowed are to be removed from the area.
Children's Ticket / Entry Policy: Children under two years old may be admitted without ticket. Children under two must sit on a parent or guardian's lap.
Disabled Patrons: Parking for the disabled is available in the four Superdome garages on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons in wheelchairs may be dropped off at the ground level of Gate A on Sugar Bowl Drive. Seating accommodations for disabled patrons must be arranged in advance through the Sugar Bowl by calling 504-828-2440.
Guest Services: Guest Services booths inside the Superdome are located at Gates A, C, E, and G on the Plaza and Loge Levels, and Gates C and G on the Terrace Level.
Smoking Policy: The Louisiana Superdome is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is permitted at designated smoking gates located on the exterior. Note: Exiting and then re-entering is not permitted. Once inside the Superdome, use one of the designated smoking gates (Gates B, D, F, and H). These allow patrons to utilize cordoned off exterior areas and ensure you can come back into the Facility.
Camera Policy: Video or professional lens cameras are not allowed.
Ticket Will Call: Box Office (Gate A Ground)
Public Parking: Superdome Garages 1,2, 5 and 6 are available for public parking at the rate of $25.00 per car. There are no reservations. The Parking garages and two surface lots are adjacent to the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Arena. The garages are designated #1, #2, #5 and #6. Inspections of vehicles parking by law enforcement officials may be conducted near the stadium as patrons arrive.
Tailgating: No tailgating is allowed on the Superdome and Arena properties. Any equipment that may impede traffic will not be permitted.
RV Parking: French Quarter RV Parking is available: 504-586-3000.
Alcohol Sales Policy: Alcoholic beverages are not sold in seating areas. Alcohol is not sold after halftime.
ATMs: ATMs may be found on the Plaza Level at Gates A, C, E, and G; Loge Level at Gate A; and Terrace Level at Gates C and G.
Lost and Found: Lost and Found is located when the event is in progress at Section 149 on the Plaza Level at our "Guest Relations Center." When the event is over, contact the Superdome Security Department for Lost and Found at 504-587-3900.
Family Restrooms: "Family restrooms,” which are those with diaper changing stations, are located on the Plaza Level at Sections 105 & 123; Loge Level at Sections 207 & 249; and Terrace Level at Sections 504 & 534.
Wheelchairs: The Superdome has a limited number of wheelchairs available at Guest Services. Wheelchairs, which may be borrowed by patrons upon presentation of a valid driver’s license, may not be reserved.
ATM Locations: Gate A Plaza (100 Level), Gate C Plaza (100Level), Gate G (Plaza (100) Level), Gate A Loge (200 Level), Gate C Terrace (500 Level), and Gate G (Terrace (500) Level)
First Aid: First Aid Stations may be contacted in the following areas: Plaza Section 133: 504-587-3811, Club Section 277: 504-587-6161, Terrace Section 505: 504-587-6162 and Terrace Section 535: 504-587-3812
Food & Beverage: No outside food and beverage of any kind is allowed in the Superdome.
Fan Behavior: Disruptive and inappropriate behavior may result in ejection from the Louisiana Superdome. Always be considerate of those seated around you. Contact the nearest usher for assistance if someone is sitting in your seat.
Displays: Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame - plaques of famous sports figures are displayed on the Plaza Level concourse from Gate E to Gate F. Hurricane Katrona Photo Display - photos of the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina and of the rebuilding and reopening of the Dome are displayed in the lobby at Gate A, 200 Level. Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame - plaques of honored members are displayed in the lobby at Gate C, 200 Level.
The famous New Orleans French Quarter is a quick trip down the road from the Superdome. Jazz, great food and drinks and much more are about a mile away. Here are a few places that you can checkout if you have some free time before or after the game.
Bloody Mary’s New Orleans Tours: The city has an amazingly diverse history that includes graveyards, ghosts, vampires and voodoo. Bloody Mary’s is a creative and entertaining tour guide company that hosts various tours, spirit encounters and other special events. Location: 941 Bourbon Stree, New Orleans, LA. Telephone: (504) 915- 7774. URL: http://www.bloodymarystours.com/
Muse’e Conti: This wax museum has an array of displays and hosts numerous special events. This is a great place to visit with the family. Location: 917 Rue Conti, New Orleans, LA. Telephone: (504) 525-2605. URL: http://www.neworleanswaxmuseum.com/
Preservation Hall: Although they may not serve food or drink, this venue does serve up great jazz at low prices. Location: 726 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, LA. Telephone (504) 522-2841. URL: http://www.preservationhall.com/
Acme Oyster House: Located in the French Quarter, the Acme Oyster House has been around since 1910. They offer fish, pork, chicken and beef smoked, fried and grilled. You’ll find great gumbo here! Over ten brands of draft beers! Location: 724 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA. Telephone: (504) 522-5973. URL: http://www.acmeoyster.com/
Red Fish Grill: If you’re looking for some off-beat dishes such as Asian-Cajun Tapas or traditional New Orleans favorites like Alligator Sausage and Seafood Gumbo, then check out this place. Fresh ingredients, tasty recipes and fine cuts of fish and steak define the Red Fish Grill. Location: 115 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. Telephone: (504) 598-1200. URL: http://www.redfishgrill.com/
Squeal Bar-B-Q: Homemade onion rings, succulent wings and Squeal Nachos are all available and much more. Various beers and mixed drinks are available at this casual establishment that’s located about three miles from the Superdome in East Carrollton. Location: 8400 Oak St., New Orleans, LA. Telephone: (504) 302-7370 URL: http://www.squeal-nola.com/default.html
Napoleon House: Wine, beer and mixed drinks are a major part of the café menu. Try their most famous concoction: the Pimms Cup, which is British Gin, lemonade and a splash of lemon-lime soda. There’s also lots of food with a focus on salads, sandwiches and sides. Location: 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. Telephone: (504) 524-9752. URL: http://www.napoleonhouse.com/
Ugly Dog Saloon and BBQ: This saloon, which is in the Warehouse District, has an expansive bar, plenty of televisions for those who can’t get enough sports and a menu that includes brisket, pulled pork and smoked sausage. Along with the bar, there’s also a restaurant. This casual watering hole prides itself on its BBQ. Location: 401 Andrew Higgins Dr., New Orleans, LA. Telephone: (504) 569-8459