A giant superdome, once dubbed the greatest building in the history of man, will open in New Orleans on Sunday (3 August).
A giant superdome, once dubbed the greatest building in the history of man, will open in New Orleans on Sunday (3 August). There will be seating for 80,000 football fans.
The cost for this cathedral to sport is near two hundred million U.S. dollars (75 million sterling). It has a gigantic roof span of 680 feet (207 metres) and is far superior in size to the Houston Astrodome. The State Governor of Louisiana said it would be the greatest building ever when the scheme started in 1966.
The stadium will not be exclusively for football. The arcana can be made smaller for basketball and switched around again for baseball. The spectators will be able to watch their sport in comparatively luxurious conditions, with the seating resembling theatre seats. For the wealthy, there are box suites....private rooms with seating which will be sold with one year leases. They are going for up to 50,000 U.S. dollars (22,000 sterling).
The opening of the superdome is going ahead as planned in spite of the fact that much of the interior remains unfinished.
One special feature is a giant television screen which will give instant replays to the spectators.
This film is served with a commentary by TVN reporter Bob Kreiger, which is transcribed overleaf.