New Orleans Superdome to have new name

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Superdome is getting a new name. It's going to be called the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The deal was announced Tuesday by the German automaker and the New Orleans Saints football team.

The stadium isn't just home to the Saints -- it has hosted six Super Bowls, a Republican presidential convention, a visit from the pope and it served as refuge for thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina.

A spokesman for the Saints says Mercedes-Benz USA is signing on for a 10-year naming rights agreement. Although the stadium is owned by the state of Louisiana, the Saints hold the authority to sell the naming rights.

The Superdome opened in 1975. It's had a number of renovations, including a massive one after Katrina ripped off its roof in August of 2005.