Pandemic slows renovations to Superdome in New Orleans

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FILE – In this Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, file photo, a cameraman shoots from the end zone of an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Kansas City Chiefs, in New Orleans. Plans for $450 million in upgrades to New Orleans’ iconic Superdome have been disrupted because of financial troubles caused by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Plans for $450 million in upgrades to New Orleans’ iconic Superdome have been disrupted because of financial troubles caused by the pandemic.

That’s what the stadium’s manager told state lawmakers during a budget hearing Wednesday.

The coronavirus outbreak temporarily ended many events at the domed stadium and the neighboring arena.

Local hotel tax collections that help fund the facilities’ management plummeted.

Crowds at the Superdome weren’t allowed or were greatly limited for New Orleans Saints’ games.

ASM Global oversees the Superdome, arena and other facilities for the state.

In response to the reduced income, the company slowed the stadium improvements and may not complete the full project as originally envisioned.

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