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It's hard to believe now that the Louisiana Superdome was once filled with water, mold and tens of thousands of evacuees escaping the flooded neighborhoods of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
State and city officials showed off its newly completed upgrades Wednesday, touting the improvements as having "all the bells and whistles" of a new facility.
Seats have been replaced or refurbished and new ones added; there are new club facilities and restrooms and new video systems and scoreboards installed. Luxury suites have been added, and the Saints locker room expanded to twice its old size.
"We have a state of the art, modern stadium, and we've saved the taxpayer money," Gov. Bobby Jindal said after a tour.
The multiphase $336 million project begun after Katrina wrecked the building in 2005, stripping away part of the roof and dumping water throughout, allowing mold to grow unchecked.
Evacuees stewed in the summer heat without air conditioning or working bathrooms in a scene that epitomized the chaos of the disaster.
Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora is showing some signs that he might be ready to practice with the New York Giants.
For the first time in almost a week, Umenyiora worked with team trainers at practice, simulating snap counts.
Umenyiora, 29, who hasn't practiced since reporting to training camp a day late July 30, got down in his stance and made pass-rushing moves during his session. He looked explosive coming off the ball during the roughly 5- to 10-minute workout, showing no signs that his left knee was bothering him.
The Minnesota Vikings are in the final year of their lease at the Metrodome, funding for a new stadium hasn't been secured and a developer has taken another step toward building an NFL-ready facility in Los Angeles. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf tried to disconnect those dots again by saying Vikings fans need not worry about the progress to the west. "No," Wilf said sternly when asked whether fans in Minnesota should be nervous that the Anschutz Entertainment Group got an endorsement Tuesday from the Los Angeles City Council for the funding and time line of the project.
From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette