For my architecture project I chose to do the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is quite a unique shape for a domed stadium and is different from any other domed stadium in the world. It is also the largest fixed dome stadium in the world and seats 72,003 spectators. Construction began in August of 1971 and was completed in August of 1975. The idea for the stadium was conceived by David Dixon after the NFL commissioner said that New Orleans would never have a football team unless they had a domed stadium to play in due to the weather. New Orleans is notorious for its rainy weather, thunderstorms, and flash floods which would make playing in an open stadium messy, not enjoyable for spectators, and could make play difficult at times. In August of 2005 the Superdome became a shelter for approximately 30,000 people during hurricane Katrina. It suffered significant damage and was not played in again for another year. The stadium was designed by a modernist architectural firm called Curtis and Davis. The same firm was also responsible for the design of an addition to the New Orleans public library. Recently, the stadium was painted gold after the Saints won Superbowl XIV. The stadium has hosted 6 superbowls in the past and will host its seventh in 2013. As the city of New Orleans continues to rebuild, the Superdome with its new color serves an icon of strength for the city representing its ability to bounce back and will look better than before the storm.