It was the place where thousands of New Orleans residents sought shelter during Hurricane Katrina. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Here is a taste of a piece at CNN:
The National Register designation includes protections and tax benefits for the property, but the state agency that manages the dome cited concerns that the status could slow down or hamper improvement efforts.
In a statement, Shawn Bridgewater, an attorney for the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, said the governing authority will “continue to investigate the effects, if any, on our ongoing obligation to maintain the Superdome as a world-class venue. Our evaluation is focused on ensuring that the Superdome’s operations and future capital maintenance and improvements are not impacted as we continue the stadium’s legacy.”
More than 90,000 locations are on the National Register, including sites from the fabric of everyday American life, such as post offices, old factories and historic neighborhoods, as well as venues with historical importance, such as Dallas’ Dealey Plaza, the scene of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, and the Ohio prison made famous in the 1994 movie “The Shawshank Redemption.”
The dome was added to the register last month after the unanimous approval from the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Division of Historic Preservation and then the U.S. Department of the Interior’s OK.