EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 96-54

Super Bowl XXXI at the Superdome


WHEREAS: the National Football League Super Bowl is recognized as one of the nation's foremost sporting events;

WHEREAS: the City of New Orleans and the Louisiana Superdome have successfully hosted seven Super Bowls;

WHEREAS: hosting the National Football League Super Bowl enhances the economy of the State of Louisiana and promotes a positive image for the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans;

WHEREAS: the National Football League has awarded Super Bowl XXXI, which will occur in January, 1997, to the City of New Orleans and the Louisiana Superdome;

WHEREAS: the Governor of the State of Louisiana is responsible for the management and operation of the Superdome pursuant to Act 541 of the 1976 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, as amended

WHEREAS: a contract for the management of the Superdome was entered into with HMC Management Corporation, an entity subsequently renamed Facilities Management of Louisiana, pursuant to Act 64 of the 1977 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. This management contract was subsequently modified and extended;

WHEREAS: an agreement was reached with the National Football League concerning rental of the Superdome and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, concession and souvenir revenues, and other game day expenses;

WHEREAS: the contract with Facilities Management of Louisiana, as extended and modified, provides compensation for losses incurred as a result of State actions, which includes any losses that may occur as a result of inducements made to the National Football League to be awarded Super Bowl XXXI; and

WHEREAS: Executive Order Number EWE 95-32 (hereafter "EWE 95-32"), promulgated on October 20, 1995 to address the above described situation, will expire pursuant to R.S. 49:215(c) on August 11, 1996;

NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: EWE 95-32 obligated the State of Louisiana to render a performance in accordance with the terms of the four numbered paragraphs contained in that Order.

SECTION 2: Accordingly, the following provisions of EWE 95-32 shall be reenacted to provide continuous, uninterrupted effect:

  • 1. The State of Louisiana shall provide the National Football League with use of the Louisiana Superdome free of any rental charge that would otherwise be due by the National Football League for conducting Super Bowl XXXI at the Louisiana Superdome.

  • 2. Facilities Management of Louisiana, Inc. shall receive an income credit equal to an amount of $200,000 dollars to compensate it for the approximately two weeks of lost rental income resulting from the rent free status of Super Bowl XXXI.

  • 3. Game day expenses for Super Bowl XXXI shall be paid from the operating funds of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District.

  • 4. The National Football League shall be entitled to all revenues from parking, concessions, and novelty sales at the Louisiana Superdome on the day of the Super Bowl XXXI.
  • SECTION 3: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state or of any political subdivision thereof are authorized and directed to cooperate in implementing the provisions of this Order.

    SECTION 4: Upon signature of the Governor, the provisions of this Order shall be made retroactive to August 11, 1996, and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 17th day of October, 1996.

    M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
    Governor

    ATTEST BY
    THE GOVERNOR
    Fox McKeithen
    Secretary of State