From Katrina's Misery, Superdome Rises Again

New Orleans Saints just a win away from Super Bowl
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2010 10:12 AM CST
From Katrina's Misery, Superdome Rises Again
In this file photo taken Sept. 11, 2005, the Louisiana Superdome sits in the foreground as floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina continue to recede in New Orleans.   (AP Photo)

New Orleans' Superdome, home to some of Hurricane Katrina’s ugliest scenes, could also be the site of the city’s most glorious sports moment today, with the Saints hosting the Minnesota Vikings with a shot at the Super Bowl on the line. “It looked like Armageddon,” the stadium’s manager says of the days after the 2005 disaster, when some 30,000 sought refuge in the building, without plumbing or power amid sweltering temperatures.

The roof was ruined, as was much of the inside. Now, after a $200 million renovation and an incalculable fortune in will power, the Saints are ready to put the finishing touches on. “It’s hardened us a little bit,” quarterback Drew Brees tells the AP. “It’s given us an edge, but certainly in the end I think it’s made us tougher. It’s brought us together.”
(Read more Hurricane Katrina stories.)

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