Construction on the US$450m renovation project at the Superdome in New Orleans will continue despite the city being on lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to New Orleans Saints president Dennis Lauscha the works will not be affected amid the global crisis, which has already shutdown many industries and sports leagues around the world. He appeared on the NFL team’s official podcast where he discussed the renovations amid the pandemic and said: “As we sit here today, there has been really no alteration”.
“It’s full-speed ahead. I know ASM and the state are working hard to continue on the construction of the Superdome. I know we’ve been fully engaged. We have a handful of consultants that we use. I know the same is true with the state and LCED [Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District]. I can tell you it’s moving forward. Now, of course, things can change, but as we sit here now we are fully moving forward and we totally expect to be ready to go, assuming this season begins when it should start.”
The renovations are part of a four-year, multi-phase upgrade to the 45-year-old Superdome that will transform access as well as improving suites and seats, food and beverage and fan areas.
Similar news of continued works during the coronavirus pandemic have also been in the spotlight at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas – both of which are due to open before the start of the 2020 NFL season. Both sites have stated that operations have been adopted to ensure worker safety with non-essential workers working from home.