The saga between New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the New Orleans Saints continues…
Today, Mayor Cantrell reaffirmed her stance that there will not be thousands of fans in attendance at Saints games in the near future. Currently only 750 friends and family members of players are allowed to be in Superdome for games.
The mayor goes on to say that she has “no concerns” about the Saints moving their game day operations to Baton Rouge. She even went on to say, “I think that (Tiger Stadium) could be a great place temporarily. It is an outdoor stadium, they’re allowing fans in the stadium, but right now there is no way given the current conditions to allow 20,000 fans in the Superdome, an indoor stadium, when no one else is doing it in the United States of America”.
This latest update from the mayor comes after a series of back and forth between her and the team over the past few days. After reports that Saints’ officials were meeting with LSU officials, Mayor Cantrell fired back on twitter. The mayor’s denial of fan attendance at 25% capacity was the final spark for the discussion surrounding a Saints move, a conversation that had been brewing for weeks.
Controversy comes from not only the mayor’s opposition to fan attendance but also because she referenced the need for CARES Act money to be given to the city before she would reconsider. Although she has denied the request Mayor Cantrell did say, “However, as we continue to see progress in the city on COVID-19, we will always be willing to be at the table with out Saints partners as it relates to fans. We are not there yet.”
So the question remains, will we see black and gold take the field in Tiger Stadium? Stay tuned for the latest.