Updated on 10/20: The phased approach to bring fans back to the Superdome that was discussed yesterday, is reportedly being implemented for this week's game against Carolina.
Update on 10/19: While tension continues to build between the Saints and Mayor Cantrell, it has been confirmed that this weeks game against Carolina will be played in the Superdome (still without fans). If the Saints were to make the 80 mile move, it likely won't be until November due to the amount of logistics required. Although head coach Sean Payton has said that he would prefer to play at Tiger Stadium with fans instead of in the empty Superdome.
This afternoon, Mayor Cantrell had another meeting with the Saints. Saints spokesman Greg Bensel reported that the meeting was productive. He said of the meeting, "Today, team president Dennis Lauscha and our staff met with Mayor Cantrell to discuss a phased approach to get fans safely back in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for Saints games. This productive meeting included Warner Thomas, president and CEO Ochsner Health, as well as Ochsner epidemiologists and the Mayor's medical advisors. The city continues to see Covid positivity rates remain stable. The city currently has one of the lowest rates in the nation. We all agree that the priority is to make sure our city's residents and our fans are safe and not to regress from the progress that has been made. We look forward to providing our fans with more information shortly."
Today's update makes it seem as though a plan to get some fans in the Superdome is more probable than a plan for the Saints to make a move to Death Valley. We will see.
Update on 10/13: This afternoon New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell fired back with these tweets:
The Mayor kicked the can down the road, reiterating that there is no timeline in sight for approval of the Saints' request to allow fans. This will continue to get interesting.
According to Saints official Greg Bensel, team officials are meeting with LSU officials about the Saints playing their home games at Death Valley in Baton Rouge this season. New Orleans continues to remain shut down and the city's Mayor Latoya Cantrell continues to deny the opportunity for the Saints to have fans in attendance, even in a limited capacity.
It has been reported that the Saints have been at odds with the city regarding fan attendance for weeks, but the situation has remained relatively quiet until now. Many believe that this issue was ignited by these comments from Mayor Cantrell:
Ultimately, Bensel says that the "overwhelming preference" of the franchise is to remain in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome but have not been given any indication from the city as to when fans could possibly attend. Of the potential move, Bensel says, "LSU has been gracious and enthusiastic regarding hosting our future games and we very much appreciate their partnership. We have also discussed the possibility of moving our home games to LSU with the NFL and they are aware of our exploring this option".
Maybe we will start to see black and gold in Tiger Stadium, although this wouldn't be the first time as the Saints played there after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
This will continue to get interesting.
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