New Orleans Superdome officials, will in essence, flip the switch on a new LED lighting system, illuminating the outside of the 36-year stadium in a spectrum of animated colors and images.

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, Superdome commission Chairman Ron Forman and SMG Senior Vice President Doug Thornton will host a free-to-the-public lighting ceremony to showcase the capabilities of the $1.6 million permanent system that will be set to a musical soundtrack. The ceremony is at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Champions Square.

Dome officials say the system will be used permanently, and on a nightly basis, reflecting multiple colors and images, including the logo of Mercedes-Benz. The company recently purchased naming rights to the stadium.