Backyard Mini-Superdome Rivals the Real Thing for New Orleans Saints Fans
“Hirsch Memorial Stadium” on South Bernadotte Street hosts 50 to 60 people for each game.
For a group of die-hard Saints fans in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans, every game is a home game.
Mike and Kathy Hirsch have transformed the backyard of their home on South Bernadotte Street into a mini-Superdome complete with Astroturf, port-o-potties, bleachers, an 8-by-10-foot screen and a world-class projector. Beneath a makeshift dome, every Sunday they host pot-luck viewing parties that rival the 73,208 seat stadium on Sugar Bowl Drive. Guests are even treated to live entertainment during halftime.
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The Hirsches have always had their friends, neighbors, and families over for game day, but they didn’t take their low-key setup pro until their game day parties started getting too crowded during the 2009 season. Today, Kathy tells WGNO that “Hirsch Memorial Stadium,” hosts 50 to 60 people for each game, and are prepared to host up to 100 people if the Saints make the playoffs.
Friends of the Hirsches told WGNO that they prefer the homemade Superdome to the real thing. "Good people, better food, family, and cold beer," one family friend who has been attending every Sunday since 2008 said. "And it's more comfortable!"
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