NORD playground renovated from the turf up

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Players break a banner held by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, center, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owners Rita Benson-LeBlanc, Gayle Benson, Tom Benson and president of the City Council Jackie Clarkson for the grand opening of the Alfred Harrell Stadium in New Orleans Friday.
Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Players break a banner held by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, center, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owners Rita Benson-LeBlanc, Gayle Benson, Tom Benson and president of the City Council Jackie Clarkson for the grand opening of the Alfred Harrell Stadium in New Orleans Friday.

Dome lives in Harrell

Using turf taken from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after it was used for Super Bowl XLVII in February, the New Orleans Recreation Department renovated Harrell Stadium, celebrating its grand reopening on Friday.

In addition to the championship turf, there were renovations to the basketball court and installation of a new stadium scoreboard and public address system.

After the ribbon-cutting, Saints players and Mayor Mitch Landrieu helped local youngsters christen the playground with a variety of interactive games and activities, including football, basketball and track.

Chevron and the New Orleans Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee provided funding to New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation to renovate the playground in the Leonidas neighborhood that Landrieu himself played on growing up in New Orleans.