Dirty Superdome roof catches your eye, for all the wrong reasons

Published: Dec. 17, 2018 at 8:14 AM CST
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The iconic Mercedes-Benz Superdome helps define the skyline of New Orleans.

It's an endearing image as you drive into the city from the west. But, lately the dome's dirty roof quickly catches your eye.

We showed pictures of the roof to folks walking by the stadium Friday afternoon.

"I think it's time to go ahead and get the dome cleaned," Sara Jones said. "It would be a good reflection on the city and on the Saints."

"They spent all that money to build that roof back after Katrina, so you think they would want to keep it clean," Thomas Moser said. "It really does need it."

Dome managers usually clean the 10-acre roof every two years. Mold and fungus tend to grow on the surface, especially on the side that doesn't get direct sunlight. This year however, attorneys for the Superdome advise against doing any work on the roof.

That's because of pending litigation against a company that guaranteed the roof would remain white when it was re-coated in the summer of 2016.

Kyle France, who chairs the Superdome Commission known as the LSED said, "We are aware of the condition of the roof and hope for an expedited conclusion."

In the meantime, sports fans tell us the roof looks pretty bad, especially with upcoming college bowl games and the Saints in the NFL playoffs.

"The Saints are doing good," Andrew Gould said. "Money is coming into the city when the team wins. So, keep up the good work, but you've got to stay on your Ps and Qs."

"Yeah, it's messed up over there, to be honest," Ameedh Reddy said. "All the dust and everything on it. Yeah it should be cleaned up."

It costs nearly $100,000 to pressure wash the Superdome roof.

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