Report: Saints will play Week 7 game in Superdome, not Tiger Stadium

Liz Roscher
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The New Orleans Saints aren’t allowed to play in front of fans at the Superdome due to Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s COVID-19 restriction on large gatherings, but they’ve reportedly been trying to remedy that by possibly playing games at LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, which is allowing fans at 25 percent capacity.

That plan is a no-go for the time being.

Jeff Duncan of The Athletic reported that the Saints have told the Carolina Panthers, their Week 7 opponent, that the game will happen at the Superdome as planned.

The reasons are largely logistical, according to Duncan. LSU has a home game scheduled the night before the Saints’ Week 7 game, and the tight turnaround time between the two games made it impossible for the stadium to be ready.

The dream isn’t dead yet. It’s possible that the Saints could still play a game in front of fans at Tiger Stadium, but it wouldn’t be until late November at the earliest.

New Orleans mayor stands firm on large-gatherings ban

The Saints have been repeatedly appealing to Cantrell to change her policy and allow them to open the Superdome to a limited amount of fans, but Cantrell hasn’t budged. Not even when the Saints took to Twitter to refute some of Cantrell’s reasons for not allowing fans at sporting events in New Orleans.

For some weird reason, posting several whiny tweets directed at her evidence-based health policies didn’t cause Cantrell to immediately grant the Saints’ wish to host fans in a fixed-roof facility during a pandemic. Mayors always make policy changes when a sports team’s Twitter account calls them out, right?

Jan 14, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; General overall view of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome exterior, the site of the 2020 CFP National Championship game between the Clemson Tigers and the LSU Tigers.   Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
It'll be awhile until the Saints are allowed to play in front of fans at the Superdome. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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