Earlier today, the New Orleans Saints moved up the start time for their preseason finale because of Hurricane Ida. Moments ago, the team announced that its preseason finale has been canceled.
"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 Saints said in a press release. "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."
New Orleans made this decision after discussing its potential options with city officials, National Weather Service, Homeland Security, Gov. Edwards and the NFL.
Fans who were supposed to attend this weekend's Cardinals-Saints games will be reimbursed.
"The Saints will be in communication with season ticket account holders regarding applicable refunds and/or credits to their season ticket accounts," the team said.
It's unfortunate that Arizona and New Orleans won't get one last chance to knock off some rust before the start of the regular season, but this was the right move given the current circumstances.
Our thoughts are with those who may be affected by Hurricane Ida this weekend.