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WAITING AT THE SUPERDOME

by Gerry McCarthy
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Thirty years ago I remember seeing a photograph of the Louisiana Superdome in Sports Illustrated magazine. The building had just been completed. It seemed unusually vast. But it was considered a marvel of engineering.

     Since it opened, the Superdome has hosted six Super Bowls. As a result, it’s become associated with one of the most hyped, glitzy, and money-driven events in American culture. So what could be more unfathomable, perverse, and maddening than seeing an estimated 15,000 hungry, dehydrated, angry, and dying people outside the Superdome? But that’s exactly what we witnessed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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