By Rod Walker | The Advocate / Picayune
Neither the skyline nor the Sundays would be quite the same without it.
It's been around since 1975 — four years before Drew Brees was born — and looks like it will be around long after No. 9 hangs up his cleats.
While other NFL cities have put the wrecking ball to their stadiums and spent billions and billions of dollars on new state-of-the-art stadiums, the Superdome just keeps on standing the test of time, chugging along one renovation at a time.
Another major renovation is on the way, thanks to the State Bond Commission giving the folks who run the Mercedes-Benz Superdome permission to sell up to $350 million in bond for upgrades.
The decision, announced on Thursday, was a major step in the renovations that are expected to cost $450 million. Work is scheduled to begin in 2020 after the Saints' season ends and will be done in four phases over the next four years. Gov. John Bel Edwards says the state has committed $90 million to the project. Saints owner Gayle Benson and the franchise have committed to foot one-third of the bill. Discussions are ongoing for a deal that would keep the Saints at the Dome until 2035, with some plans in place to push that deal all the way through 2055.
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