The Louisiana Superdome has been named to the National Register of Historic Places despite an objection by the state, which owns the stadiums.
The 76,000-seat home of the Saints was launched in August 1975.
Amanda Keith, a Tulane University student in the Master of Preservation Studies program in spring 2015, presented the nomination to the Louisiana National Register Review Committee on Dec. 3. The committee agreed to recommend it. Two months later, on Feb. 5, the National Parks Service announced the Superdome was listed.
The Superdome's owner, the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, opposed the new designation during the selection process last year. Ron Forman, the district's chairman, said additional requirements imposed by being a historical place could slow maintenance and capital projects on the building.