A lot of history has been made in the Superdome.

The giant stadium on Poydras Street, once called the greatest building in the history of mankind, has hosted presidents and a pope.

It has been the scene of great triumph and torment.

Under its roof, George Bush promised “no new taxes” and Roberto Duran whispered “No Mas.”

But whether the 40-year-old building itself is historic is another question, and one that should be decided by its owners: The taxpayers of Louisiana.

So it’s difficult to understand why federal bureaucrats put the stadium on the National Register of Historic Places over the objections of the state, which worries about the impact on future renovations.

The Superdome is one of Louisiana’s grandest treasures, and the job of protecting it belongs to our elected leaders.