On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, devastating the city and the people. More than seven years later, the rebuilt city plays host to the Super Bowl.
Hurricane Katrina left about 80 percent of New Orleans under water, and caused 1,800 deaths.
Survivors of Hurricane Katrina made the Superdome their temporary home, seeking shelter from the devastated city.
Slowly, New Orleans began to recover. And now, more than seven years after the destructive hurricane, New Orleans welcomes football fans from around the world as it hosts the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.
Spectators of the Super Bowl will see a rebuilt city when they enter New Orleans.
The Superdome that once housed hurricane survivors will host the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens .
The Superdome has been rebuilt since the hurricane. Since 2006, $336 million in renovations have been spent on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
New Orleans has hosted several major sporting events since 2005 that have raised about $1 billion for the city. Among the sporting events held in New Orleans were two college bowl games and the BCS National Championship.
The city has also added a streetcar line. Among the stops on the line is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
New Orleans has also worked to improve its waterfront. A recent project gave the public access to the riverfront through a park and bike and running trails.