DALLAS - The Louisiana Superdome is asking for $27.5 million from the state to make up for a shortfall caused by ballooning debt service on almost $300 million of outstanding bonds and contractual payments to two professional sports teams that play at the complex in downtown New Orleans.

Doug Thornton, senior vice president of SMG Services, which operates the Superdome and the New Orleans Arena for the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, said expected revenues from a 4% tax on hotel rooms in Orleans and Jefferson parishes and money generated by events at the facility will not cover operating expenses, including debt service and required payments, in fiscal 2010.

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