Cardinals-Saints preseason game canceled in wake of Hurricane Ida

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The Arizona Cardinals were scheduled to face the New Orleans Saints on the road in their preseason finale on Saturday. Originally scheduled for 5 p.m. Arizona time, it was moved up to 10 a.m. Arizona time because of what is now Hurricane Ida, which is expected to hit the gulf coast later this weekend.

The Saints announced an update Friday afternoon.

The game has now been canceled.

This is the statement the Saints issued:

The New Orleans Saints announced Friday, Aug. 27 that due to the impending impact of Hurricane Ida on the Gulf Coast region that the team’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals has been canceled. The game, which was originally scheduled for 7 pm on Saturday, Aug 28 was moved to noon at the Caesars Superdome. Due to the intensification of the hurricane throughout the day and after the most recent tropical update, the team’s leadership has made the decision in the best interests of all personnel that may have been directly and indirectly affected by the storm. This announcement comes after constant communications with City of New Orleans officials, the National Weather Service, Homeland Security, Governor Edwards and leading state officials and the National Football League. The team encourages all residents of the region to take precautionary measures to remain safe throughout the impending hurricane. The Saints will be in communication with season ticket account holders regarding applicable refunds and/or credits to their season ticket accounts.

It appears that the Cardinals had already departed for New Orleans before the decision was made.

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While the preseason game is important for a number of reasons, with the safety of fans, the teams and more, it wasn’t worth the risk.

We wish all those in and around New Orleans well and hope people stay safe.

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