Associated Press, Published September 01 2012
Superdome roof survived Isaac intact
Superdome manager Doug Thornton said Friday that Isaac did cause some damage to the dome, including some sheet metal damage to exhaust vents. His early estimate of repair costs is $75,000 to $100,000 — a far cry from the $157 million in storm damage repairs covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Katrina.
Thornton says the roof covering installed after Katrina is made of a seamless polyurethane material. The old, rubber roof had overlapping seams. When Katrina's winds caught the seams, it led to holes and damage that contributed to the misery of those who had taken shelter there.
“This roof that we have now, we're told by the installers, could easily withstand 150 mile-per-hour winds,” Thornton said.
He added that the metal deck under the polyurethane coating was also replaced after Katrina.
In all, the dome has undergone about $336 million in repairs and upgrades since Katrina, Thornton said. That includes the $157 million in FEMA repairs for storm damage plus $15 million from the NFL, $42 million by the state agency that runs the dome and the remainder from other state sources.
The damage done by Isaac won't affect building operations, Thornton said, noting that the domed stadium hosts its first big post-Isaac event when Tulane's football team hosts Rutgers on Saturday night.
He said the sheet metal damage involved large box-like covers over exhaust fans, as well as some metal damage to external structures including marquis signs and decor to an adjacent outdoor entertainment area.
Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.