American Football - New Orleans and Superdome facts

Facts and figures about the city of New Orleans and the Superdome, site of Sunday's Super Bowl game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

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NEW ORLEANS

51st largest U.S. city with a population of 360,740

Founded in 1718, the city was named for Philip II, Duke of Orleans

Nicknamed "The Big Easy," New Orleans is most famous for its French Quarter, jazz music and annual Mardi Gras

It has hosted 10 Super Bowls, including this year's, the most by any city. The first three were held at the Tulane Stadium which was demolished in 1979 and 1980. The rest have been played at the Superdome.

The city is home to the National Football League's New Orleans Saints and the National Basketball Association's New Orleans Hornets.

More than 80 per cent of New Orleans was flooded by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, resulting in more than 1,400 deaths in Louisiana and more than $100 billion in damage along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Musicians Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Lil Wayne and Wynton Marsalis, actors Harry Connick and Reese Witherspoon, authors Truman Capote and Ann Rice, NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald were born in New Orleans.

THE SUPERDOME

Opened: August 1975, reopened September 2006

Cost: $163 million

Seats: 72,968

Facility: Multi-purpose covered dome

Field: Artificial surface

Use: Home field of the Saints, concerts, trade shows, national conventions, international and national band competitions as well as collegiate sporting events.

The Superdome served as a "shelter of last resort" for nearly 30,000 people during Hurricane Katrina. Was severely damaged by the storm and underwent $185 million in repairs and refurbishment before reopening in 2006.

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