‘Voodoo City’ Episode 3: ‘The Superdome Curse’

By Mike Scott

In 1987, crews working on an expansion of a shopping mall adjacent to the Superdome unearthed a grisly discovery: Bones. Human bones. And lots of them.

Voodoo priestess Ava Kay Jones performs a purification ritual at midfield of the Superdome before a 2000 game between the New Orleans Saints and the St. Louis Rams. (Photo by Eliot Kamentiz/The Times-Picayune archive)

Turns out, the Dome was built on the site of an old New Orleans cemetery. While efforts had been made to relocate all the remains at the time the Dome was built, the work done clearly wasn’t a thorough job. That gave rise to the idea in the late 1980s that the Dome was cursed — and, by extension, so were the New Orleans Saints, who were so reliably bad up until that point in the team’s history that they even brought in a voodoo priestess to perform a purification ceremony of the facility in 2000.

In this latest episode of our dark history podcast “Voodoo City,” we talk with our graves expert, Mary Lacoste, as well as with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Saints columnist Jeff Duncan as we try to answer the question once and for all: Is there a Superdome curse?

Below, find a list of websites where you can listen to this and other episodes of “Voodoo City.”

Where to listen to “Voodoo City”

This story was originally published in October 2018 by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

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