The New Orleans Saints have been searching for a temporary home for Week 1 of the 2021 season due to the impact Hurricane Ida had on the Gulf Coast region. Moments ago, the team’s location for the season opener was announced.
According to Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune and New Orleans Advocate, the Saints will host the Packers in Jacksonville at TIAA Bank Field.
The Jaguars play on the road for Week 1 and there are no conflicting concerts or events scheduled for TIAA Bank Field that weekend. As a result, the Saints will set up shop there for their “home opener.”
New Orleans considered AT&T Stadium as the site for its Week 1 matchup with Green Bay, but there’s a concert scheduled there that same weekend.
Some football fans were hoping the Saints would play the Packers in a college football stadium next Sunday. However, that can’t happen because league rules require games to be played in an NFL stadium.
BREAKING | The Saints will play the Packers at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, multiple sources told the Times-Picayune's @JeffDuncan_.
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— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) September 1, 2021
Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters on Tuesday that he expects his team to be away from New Orleans for about a month.
Since the Saints are on the road for Week 2 and Week 3, fans can start thinking about a potential return to the Caesars Superdome in Week 4. That is, of course, if New Orleans is ready to host a game by then.
Hopefully, the city of New Orleans will be ready to host the Saints sooner than later.