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Saints to play in New Orleans, not Baton Rouge, this weekend

After expressing interesting in playing their home games in Baton Rouge, Saints stand down

According to a report by Jeff Duncan of the Athletics, the New Orleans Saints game against the Carolina Panthers will take place in New Orleans as scheduled.

Last week, reports emerged about the possibility of the Saints playing their home games in Tiger Stadium, which is allowed to have up to a 25% capacity. Both Saints and LSU communications confirmed that the two parties had in fact opened up a dialogue about Tiger Stadium hosting the Saints while New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell refused to let fans return to the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

The Saints Twitter account even chided into the discourse, firing off a tweet critical of Cantrell’s decision to withold fans from attendance in the interest of public health and safety:

With LSU’s game against South Carolina being moved back three hours to 6:00 Saturday night, the already large task of flipping Tiger Stadium over to a state ready to host an NFL game at noon on Sunday became logistically impossible. However, according to Duncan, the Saints and LSU remain in discussion to hold future games in Baton Rouge, but the same problem of a quick turnaround rears its head again:

The Saints have played in Tiger Stadium before in the 2005-06 season, when the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina forced the team to play games in San Antonio and Baton Rouge.