NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A $336 million upgrade that began after Hurricane Katrina wrecked the Louisiana Superdome is finished with state and city officials saying it has "all the bells and whistles" of a new stadium.
Katrina in 2005 stripped away part of the roof and dumped water throughout. People who had nowhere else to go also flocked to the building, leaving it in a horrible condition.
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson said Wednesday that the upgrade measures up to a new stadium he was pushing for before the storm.
Gov. Bobby Jindal says the Superdome will provide $41.1 billion in economic benefits to the city and state.
This season's Sugar Bowl at the stadium will be the site of the college football national championship game.