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Statement Regarding 2013 Home Games in the New Orleans Arena

By: Brandon Rizzuto
NEW ORLEANS (August 14, 2012) - Part of the New Orleans Hornets agreement with the State of Louisiana included some renovations, both interior and exterior, to the New Orleans Arena after their 2012-13 season.  Obviously this could impact the 2013 VooDoo season depending on the extent of the renovations when they begin and end.  When notified that this was a possibility, VooDoo owner Dan Newman met with AFL Commissioner Jerry Kurz, who stated the following:

Statement from Jerry Kurz, AFL Commissioner:

“Many times in the 25-year history of the Arena Football League, have teams in arenas that have multiple professional sports teams had to deal with upgrades and renovations.  The AFL has been very proficient in working schedules around the challenges those teams have had.  There are several ways we will accommodate the New Orleans VooDoo for their home games in the New Orleans Arena in 2013.  One is, AFL ownerships has for several years discussed and has been leaning towards starting their season annually earlier in the year.  At one point, the Arena Football League opened their season a week before the Super Bowl.  If we go that far forward, any upgrades to the arena will not affect the VooDoo home schedule at all.  The second option is to frontload the home schedule, skewing more home games in the early part of the season.  In either case, the VooDoo, AFL and New Orleans Arena are working to ensure all VooDoo fans have all of their home games at home.”

Statement from Alan Freeman, General Manager of the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena:
“The new New Orleans VooDoo recently completed their second season at the New Orleans Arena.  After a bumpy initial season, some very positive progress was made this second season.  SMG, the New Orleans Arena’s contract manager for the state of Louisiana, is encouraged by the direction the VooDoo are taking, and we are excited to begin talks about renewing our lease with the VooDoo.  As a result of the new long-term contract with the New Orleans Hornets, the state has allocated 50 million dollars towards upgrades for the New Orleans Arena.  It is anticipated that construction will begin immediately following the final Hornets game next season, and will necessitate closure of the New Orleans Arena for approximately five months.  This construction work, together with the significant date blocks required to host the 2013 Super Bowl and the 2013 NCAA Women’s Final Four, will present obvious challenges to hosting 2013 VooDoo home games.  SMG has made VooDoo ownership aware of these challenges and has offered to help the VooDoo accommodate their home schedule by playing their games earlier in the season.”

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About the New Orleans VooDoo

The New Orleans VooDoo will play in the New Orleans Arena, an SMG managed facility directly across the street from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  Single game tickets for VooDoo regular season home games are on sale now by calling 504-875-3900.  For more information call (888) 277-5526 for Vice President and Director of Operations, Jason Coffel.  To shop all things VooDoo, visit www.voodoostuff.com and get your gear today.

About the AFL

Since its inception in 1987, the AFL has afforded the fast-paced and exciting game of Arena Football to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country.  The NFL Network will once again broadcast an AFL National Game of the Week for the entire regular and post season on Friday nights at 8:00 pm EST, culminating with the ArenaBowl Championship Game in August.


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