NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The crowd noise will still be deafening, but some other sights and sounds at the Superdome will get an upgrade for the 2016 season.
The New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District and SMG announce plans for $40 million in renovations and enhancements to both the Superdome and the Smoothie King center.
Two LED video boards will be installed in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome before the 2016 NFL season. A new center-hung HD video scoreboard will be in place in the Smoothie King Center in time for the start of the 2015-2016 NBA season.
In a news release, Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson says, "the recent improvements to the Smoothie King Center and the constantly improving facilities at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome are important to our fans. We listen to their input. We work hard each year to meet the needs of our fans."
A Saints spokesman says the project will focus on enhanced technology throughout both facilities, visual and audio upgrades, and improvements to suites and concessions.
The renovations will begin immediately and should be complete in 2016. But, according to the news release, some of the changes in both venues will be noticeable to fans starting with the 2015 NFL season.
Benson has committed $25 million to the project. SMG, which operates the facility, will contribute $5 million. The remainder will be supplemented by LSED and other sources.