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New Saints Stadium

New Saints Stadium

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New Orleans, LA 70112
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  The Facility  
Date Opened 2009
Ownership
(Management)
Louisiana Stadium/Expo District
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction $450 million
  Other Facts  
Tenants New Orleans Saints
(NFL) (Future)
Tulane Green Wave
(NCAA) (1975-Present)
Population Base 1,500,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
Retired Numbers #31 Jim Taylor
#81 Doug Atkins

Championships 1st

XLIV
2010

  Seating  
Capacity 70,000
Average Ticket $51.31
(2005)
$62.22
(2008)
Fan Cost Index (FCI) $279.23
(2005)
$335.89
(2008)
The Team Marketing Report FCI includes: four average-price tickets; four small soft drinks; two small beers; four hot dogs; two game programs; parking; and two adult-size caps.
Luxury Suites Unknown
Club Seats Unknown
  Attendance History  
Season  Total  Capacity Change
1993 541,300 93% -1.4%
1994 469,900 80% -13.2%
1995 400,589 69% -14.8%
1996 301,998 52% -24.6%
1997 443,714 76% 46.9%
1998 436,473 75% -2%
1999 410,147 70% -6.03%
2000 504,315 96.9% 23.0%

2001 2002 2003 2004
560,472 542,796 548,894 513,178

2005 2006 2007 2008
417,270 550,470 560.036 490,650

2009 2010 2011 2012
560,840 560,304 584,336 583,107

1975-2004 - Attendance at the Louisiana Superdome.
2005 - Combined Attendance at the Giants Stadium, Tiger Stadium and the Alamodome.
2006-Present - Attendance at the Louisiana Superdome.

Sources: Mediaventures

June 20, 2001 - Associated Press

The state of Louisiana presented a new proposal to the Saints in an effort to keep the team in New Orleans.

In the plan presented to the Saints, the state made a commitment to build a new stadium, to be completed between 2009 and 2011, if the Saints continue to insist they need one.

The Saints say they cannot compete with NFL competitors in bigger and richer markets without state help, a conclusion the state's consultants have confirmed.

New Saints Stadium

Owner Tom Benson's vision for a new football stadium inspired the architects at HOK to design a building that is compatible with its surroundings in New Orleans. Each plan for a new facility features an oval shape that provides ideal sightlines for the fans, while also adding elements that recall a classic football setting. A retractable roof brings the joys of outdoor football back to the region while also protecting the fans from harsh weather.

Compared to the Superdome, fan accommodations will be greatly improved. It will be easier to get to your seats, to concession stands and out of the stadium. The seats will be more comfortable and closer to the action on the field. A state-of-the-art entertainment system will add to the experience with videos and an enhanced scoreboard system. Benson's plans also bring tailgating back to the fans, something that has been sorely missed over the last 25 years.

SAINTS, STATE TALK ABOUT THEIR FUTURES
February 5, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

New Orleans, La. - The Jindal administration and the New Orleans Saints are working under a two-month deadline to reach an agreement on the NFL franchise's future in Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal declined to divulge details on the talks with the team - or even to acknowledge the time crunch.

"We don't have anything to say today about a possible extension," Jindal said during a news conference in Baton Rouge on a different issue.

Jindal said there is time to ensure that the team continues to play in the Superdome past 2010. However, other officials said they want a deal in place to make New Orleans more attractive as a possible host of the 2013 Super Bowl.

Draft bids have to be submitted by prospective hosts to the NFL by April 1. A site is expected to be chosen at the NFL owners' meeting in May.

"It's our goal to have something done prior to that meeting," Ron Forman, chairman of the Stadium and Exposition District's Board of Commissioners, said.

As chairman, Forman is one of the Jindal administration's primary negotiators in the talks with the Saints.

Greg Bensel, vice president of communications for the Saints, noted the complexity of the long-term agreement that must be worked out between the team and the state.

Bensel said the Saints want to be at the table when the 2013 Super Bowl bids are proposed. "We don't want to miss a window of opportunity," said Sam Joffray, vice president of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, which is a local organizing committee for events.

To have a strong bid, there needs to be a level of confidence that the Saints will be in Louisiana past 2010, Joffray said.

The Saints currently are receiving $23.5 million a year in cash inducements from the state. The agreement - brokered by former Gov. Mike Foster - guaranteed the team $186.5 million in state subsidies through 2010.

The state is struggling to meet the annual payments to the franchise. The largest problem is that hotel and motel tax collections are falling short. The state also is grappling with a budget shortfall of more than $1 billion for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Bill Curl, media relations coordinator for SMG, which manages the Superdome, said the state is looking at "creative" ways of helping the Saints generate more money for themselves.

The idea, Curl said, is to look at ways to create more revenue to decrease the amount of direct payment from the state. (Baton Rouge Advocate)

BOWL GAMES GETTING PUBLIC FINANCING
January 5, 2012
Copyright 2012 MediaVentures

Phoenix, Ariz. - The Sugar Bowl has accepted annual subsidies of at least $1 million from the state of Louisiana during much of the BCS era, while increasing its reserves to $34.2 million, records obtained by the Arizona Republic show.

Two other Bowl Championship Series games - the Fiesta and Orange bowls - also amassed cash reserves while accepting public subsidies from governments, many of which have recently been forced to make other cuts to their budgets.

The non-profit organizations that operate the three bowls pay no taxes on their revenues, donate a small percentage of their revenue to charitable causes and have significantly raised executive pay in recent years, the newspaper said.

The BCS, a system created in the 1998-99 season by universities and athletic conferences, designates by contract which bowls are part of its postseason bowl system. It selects which teams play in those games and a rotating fifth game that determines a national champion.

Of the four bowls now in the BCS - Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar - only the Rose Bowl says it has not received government subsidies.

The bowls defend the subsidies because they classify their events as economic engines that attract tens of thousands of tourists annually. They and their government sponsors view the subsidies as seed capital to help stage showcase events that guarantee the bowls and their communities continued national status.

The bowls note their games pump hundreds of millions of dollars into their local economies. The Sugar Bowl, for example, said its game and related activities injected $137 million into New Orleans and Louisiana in fiscal 2010.

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, whose office has paid out subsidies to the Sugar Bowl since fiscal 2006-07, told the Republic the bowl has been a good state investment. But, he added, the bowl no longer is "an appropriate recipient" of funds following media reports in the past year about the Sugar Bowl's reserves and Chief Executive Paul Hoolahan's salary of nearly $600,000. Recently, the Sugar Bowl also admitted making improper campaign contributions to Louisiana's former governor.

"They have a huge surplus, and they are paying a huge salary to the executive director," Dardenne said. "It certainly makes you recognize a non-profit entity like that has an upside potential to make money, and it no longer has a need to be subsidized by government entities." The bowls generate their income from the games, sponsorships and TV contracts. Last year, the combined BCS payout was nearly $182 million, with roughly 80 percent of the money going to the six power conferences that created the BCS.

The Sugar Bowl, according to its annual non-profit statement to the Internal Revenue Service, has taken government assistance since at least 2001-02, when the bowl accepted $1 million and had net assets of $10.7 million. Records show the bowl has since accepted subsidies nearly every year, for a total of nearly $11 million, as its net reserves more than tripled to $34.2 million.

Hotel and motel bed-tax revenues across Louisiana generate the state funding, Jacques Berry, a spokesman for Dardenne told the Republic. The money is passed through the Lieutenant Governor's Office after lawmakers and the governor approve a budget, Berry said.

The funding ultimately landed in the BCS' hands in 2009-10 as part of a $6 million Sugar Bowl payment to the BCS under its contract.

All subsidies from the state go to the BCS for payouts to universities participating in its bowls, said Sugar Bowl spokesman John Sudsbury.

The Sugar Bowl's $34.2 million net reserve is the healthiest among BCS members. The bowl turned down nearly $1.4 million from the state in the fiscal year ended June 30, Dardenne said, after publicity regarding the Sugar Bowl CEO's pay and because Louisiana was "going through serious financial challenges."

The Fiesta and Orange bowls also receive subsidies:

* Tempe, through 2013, will have paid the Fiesta Bowl $6.45 million to ensure the group continues to hold the Insight Bowl, a second game the bowl operates annually, in Tempe's Sun Devil Stadium. The contract requires the city to pay the bowl $850,000 this year and next and $900,000 the final year.

At the same time, Tempe in the fiscal year ended June 30 cut its budget by nearly $36.2 million and eliminated 21112 positions. Employees were forced to take furloughs last fiscal year and will do so again this fiscal year.

The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau signed an agreement to pay the Fiesta Bowl $8.2 million over 20 years starting with the 2006-07 football season. In exchange for the money, which the bureau receives from city hotel-bed taxes, the Fiesta Bowl requires participating teams to stay in Scottsdale-area hotels and resorts. For the past Fiesta Bowl, for example, the universities of Connecticut and Oklahoma reported spending a combined $1.1 million in local lodging and meals.

The Fiesta Bowl had $22.3 million in net assets in 2009-10, the most recent year for which IRS records are available. That is nearly three times the value of its assets when the BCS began. * Public tax documents filed by the Orange Bowl report it received nearly $2.5 million in government grants since 2007-08. The largest chunk, $1.2 million, came in 2008-09. However, documents do not identify the sources of the grants, and the bowl declined requests to name them.

"Suffice it to say, we receive support from multiple sources as we affect tourism and economic development throughout the South Florida region," Orange Bowl spokesman Larry Wahl said. The Miami-area bowl has more than quadrupled its net reserves to $31.5 million since the BCS began.
* The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., which started in 1902 and is the oldest bowl, does not receive public subsidies. It has net reserves of $19.1 million, slightly more than double the amount since the BCS began and the lowest among BCS bowls.

Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman said the Insight Bowl generates value for his city. But he considers the city's contract with the Fiesta too expensive.

"The amount provided to the bowl is larger than it needs to be," Hallman said. "I do recognize the community investment for the event is necessary . . . but I hope in the future the amount the city pays will be brought down."

New Orleans Saints

Tulane Stadium
Tulane Stadium

1967-1974
Louisiana Superdome
Louisiana Superdome

1975-2004
Giants Stadium
Giants Stadium

2005
Tiger Stadium
Tiger Stadium

2005
Alamodome
Alamodome

2005
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Mercedes-Benz Superdome

2006-Present
New Stadium
New Stadium

Future

Tulane Green Wave

1st Tulane
Stadium

Tulane Stadium
1909-1916
2nd Tulane
Stadium

Tulane Stadium
1917-1925
Tulane
Stadium

Tulane Stadium

1926-1974
Louisiana
Superdome

Louisiana Superdome

1975-2004
Joe Aillet Stadium
Joe Aillet Stadium

2005
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Mercedes-Benz Superdome

2006-Present
New Stadium
New Stadium

Future


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