Superdome should be ship-shape for Saints

Your New Orleans Saints are back in town, and the Superdome is getting ready for them to host the New York Giants this Sunday.

Most of the grime has been scrubbed off the roof, although there is the big mark left by last week's fire. Doug Thornton, the executive vice president for the Superdome, says that damage is superficial.

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"What we saw burning is the outer coating," Thornton told the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, the commission that governs the Superdome.

While the polyurethane foam that covers the roof is non-flammable, Thornton said they aren't taking any chances, either.

"Just to be certain, we're having a structural engineer take a look at it and give us a report," Thornton said. "If there's any remedial work that needs to be done, we believe that can be done very quickly."

Meanwhile, on the inside of the Dome, officials say the new field-level suites and standing-room areas in the stadium are ready to host regular season games. The improvements made their debut in the Saints' lone pre-season home game -- the improvements are part of "phase 2" of the Superdome's most recent renovations to get it ready to host Super Bowl LIX in early 2025.