2 articles on the Superdome Curse. Scroll down past
a few other stories to get to them.
Yep - It was built on a cemetary. The cemetary had to be moved
of course - but still -
Of course, most of New Orleans is
somehow connected to the dead, isn't it. I still found this interesting.
Bourbon Street Journal
September 13, 2005
The curse of the Superdome
By Jon Donley
There is intense irony in the Superdome becoming the symbol of the
horrors of Hurricane Katrina. In New Orleans lore, it's a haunted building -
a cursed structure in this city that lives shoulder to shoulder with its Cities
of the Dead.
Visitors are familiar with our huge expanses of above-ground tombs in
dozens of cemeteries across the city. Coming in from the airport on
Interstate 10, the "gateway" to downtown is flanked by sprawling
Greenwood Cemetery on the left, and the elite Metairie Cemetery on the
right. Downtown, the old St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery is a prime tourist spot,
and has appeared in many movies. In the Garden District, diners at
Commanders Palace's second floor can look out over Lafayette No. 1, filled
with victims of Yellow Fever plagues.
But you can't visit the old Girod Cemetery. Abandoned for years, its iron
caskets and bones were tossed up by excavation gear in the early 1970s
as the crews moved in to build . . . the Superdome. Beneath the now-
shredded roof and the fetid stinking mess of excrement and blood where
tens of thousands huddled in storm and flood . .. and some died . . . likely
lie even more unexcavated bones.
And local lore is that the Superdome was cursed . . . a punishment for
desecrating this City of the Dead. Exorcists and voodoo priestesses have
been here to dispel the curse. That lore will no doubt expand into an even
more gruesome story for buggy drivers in the Quarter to enchant their
The main target of the curse, of course, has been the New Orleans Saints,
as described in this 2004 story by Times-Picayune sports writer Josh Peter:
Go to the site to read the story!
[edit on 9/14/2005 by FlyersFan]