New Orleans Saints fans show support for their team outside the New Orleans Superdome before the Saints game with the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFC Divisional NFL playoff football game in New Orleans, January 13, 2007. REUTERS/Lee Celano (UNITED STATES) (Reuters)
Slide show: Super symbol
The actual game is in Miami's Sun Life Stadium, but New Orleans' emotional energy flows into another venue
While the Super Bowl may technically kick off in Miami, the Superdome is the game's spiritual home. As the elated "Who Dat" brigade gathers around the enormous football shrine, we reflect on what this mass of steel came to mean. This slide show captures how the dome went from being the site of unspeakable horror to becoming an embodiment of NoLa resilience. If these goal posts could talk ...