NEW ORLEANS -- By 1999, this city will boast as many as five new
In addition, a few others will have completed significant
renovations or changes.
Among the new attractions are the following:
* The Zephyr Stadium, home to the New Orleans Zephyrs, opened in
April in time for the start of the 1997 AAA baseball season.
* The National D-Day museum, scheduled to open in late 1997,
will house memorabilia of the day the U.S., Britain and other
Allied forces invaded the beaches of Normandy.
* The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is being developed to tell
the story of the visual arts in the American South and showcase the
best of the past, present and future of Southern culture.
The museum is scheduled to open in 1999 and, according to
officials, will be the only one of its kind in the region.
* The New Orleans Sports Arena, to be located behind the
Louisiana Superdome in the city's downtown area, is scheduled to
come on line in the spring of 1999.
Initial plans call for the venue to have a capacity of 20,000
for concerts, 18,500 for basketball games and 17,500 for ice hockey
* The Audubon Living Science Museum is to have its debut late in
1999, housing a collection of exotic and rare insects including
both living and preserved specimens.
Facilities with projects to be completed by 2000 are the
* The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center's Phase III expansion
program has construction proceeding toward an early 1999
The expansion will bring the total contiguous floor space from
700,000 square feet to 1.1 million square feet.
* The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts will have a home
on the banks of the Mississippi by spring 1999.
* In the French Quarter, the Wildlife and Fisheries Building on
Royal Street is to reopen with the Louisiana Supreme Court as its
The building will have a museum and also will be home to the
state attorney general's office, judicial administrative offices,
the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and a law library.
In other news, in December the Riverfront and St. Charles Avenue
streetcar lines will be connected.
Also, the Aquarium of the Americas had the debut in March of its
Fatal Beauties exhibit, which will be on display through early
The exhibit sheds light on some creatures that have become
larger than life through myths, folklore and even the movies and
explores the different ways they use poison, fangs and spines to
take care of themselves.
Among these would be such species as tarantulas, sea snakes,
porcupinefish and bees.
It is presented as a fun, walk-through, hands-on adventure.