Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the Mercedes-Benz Superdome sustained no major interior or exterior damage from Hurricane Isaac and is expected to be ready for Tulane’s season opening game Saturday, said Doug Thornton, senior vice president for SMG, the company that manages the stadium for the state of Louisiana.
The stadium’s roof, which was completely replaced in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina seriously damaged it in 2005, suffered no visible damage and there were no visible leaks in the building after a preliminary inspection Wednesday. Stadium officials still had not had time to conduct an exterior assessment because of dangerous weather conditions.
Unlike Katrina, the stadium never lost power or water pressure during the storm so the facility sustained no food spoilage or plumbing problems, Thornton said via email Wednesday.
“Overall, we seemed to fair very well,” Thornton said. “Nothing that can’t be repaired pretty quickly or that will prevent us from playing the Tulane game this weekend.”