Our first Superdome lighting project started when the freshly renamed Mercedes-Benz Superdome entered the homestretch of a $300 million renovation that completely modernized the facility. Superdome officials turned to Solomon Group to deliver the icing on the cake of this renovation. Together with Martin Professional lighting, we served up a stunning solution that instantly transforms both the facility and the New Orleans nighttime skyline.
On October 20, 2011, our clients flipped the switch on 288 Martin Exterior 410TM fixtures that wash the famed stadium’s exterior in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images. More than 4,000 spectators gathered to witness the dynamic, 11-minute light show and scripted soundtrack we created especially for the event. The Exterior 410 lights—capable of casting every visible color onto the Superdome’s 96 concave aluminum panels—are complemented by Martin Professional Exterior 1200 Image Projectors, powerful luminaires designed to project animated images and effects. A Martin Professional Max Module Cerebrum touch-screen unit controls the system, which can also be operated remotely. And the LED lighting system is remarkably energy efficient, drawing only 10 kilowatts of electricity (equivalent to that of a small home) when operating in one color.
The lighting system is operated nightly, changing to display a wide array of colors and effects. It complements the lighting and multimedia design work Solomon Group did for Champions Square at the Superdome and showcases the facility as part of the city’s vibrant Sports District.
In 2021, when the iconic building received a rebrand, officials called on Solomon Group once more to deliver creative lighting solutions to now illuminate the massive center Caesars emblem and naming rights signage, seen from the interstate and aerial footage during each home game. Solomon Group’s Technology team rendered the new look that would be shared widely around Saints fans and New Orleans natives. And 10 years after lighting the iconic gold edges of the Superdome, we lit the switch on 96 new Illuminarc LL Pod fixtures to bring to life the new roof branding.