After Hurricane Katrina the City of New Orleans was absolutely devastated, including the so called Superdome where the New Orleans Saints football team plays. The city looked to the stadium as a safe haven, which it did in fact provide. Today the world looks upon this same stadium for different motives, today the Superdome host the Super Bowl.
The Superdome in New Orleans has hosted heavyweight fights, papal visits, and — after this weekend — seven Super Bowls, an NFL record. But no event looms larger in the dome's history than Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that turned the stadium into a teeming shelter of last resort.
During the storm, reporters spared no hyperbole when describing scenes of human suffering. The Superdome, in particular, was described as a "hellhole" and "apocalyptic," and it was sort of true.
"The thing I remember most about it was the smell," says Doug Thornton, a senior vice president at SMG World, the company that manages the stadium.