Preview of new Superdome light show


Posted on October 20, 2011 at 7:27 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 20 at 6:34 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS - Pass by the Superdome Thursday night and you'll notice a massive light show.

At 7:30 p.m., New Orleans Saints fans at Champions Square will get a chance to watch the 'Dome's new lighting system illuminate the city skyline and see the state-of-the-art lighting system in its full glory.

WWL-TV caught a sneak peak of the new lighting system while it was being tested bright and early this morning.

SMG Group, the company managing the Superdome, said crews installed more than 26,000 led lights in 288 fixtures.

They're capable of reproducing every color of the rainbow.

Additionally, more than five miles of copper wiring had to be installed to support the system.

Many Saints are giving the new look a thumbs up.

“I think the Dome and all the improvements they’ve made especially cleaning the roof looks awesome. I’m still getting use to the name change the Mercedes Benz Dome it doesn’t roll of the tongue easily as easily as Louisiana Superdome,” said Saints fan Jared Stricklin.

“I saw them last night when they were trying to them, it looked pretty awesome," said another fan, David Johnson.

“I like it because we’ve seen it in special events they had lighting in the passed. I always wondered why they didn’t do it on a continual basis," said George Stricklin, a fan waiting at Champions Square.

It's worth mentioning that the Dome has been illuminated on only two other occasions: The first post-9/11 Super Bowl game in 2002 and when the 'Dome reopened after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.