Hundreds of fans will be in the stands for the Saints-Packers game


The New Orleans Saints say they will have some fans in the stands for the Sunday Night Football game in the Superdome.

All of them, however, will be team family members.

"We will be hosting 750 family members of players, coaches and staff at this weekend’s Green Bay Packers game Sunday night," Saints VP Greg Bensel said in a statement. "All of those attending will be seated in the West Plaza sideline. We will have minimal concessions available; however, no alcohol will be sold."

He explained that this is designed to see how plans for fans in the stands will work at future games.

"This is a strict test of our health and safety protocols that we have been working on with ASM Global, local and national health experts and city and state governmental leadership, including Governor Jon Bel Edwards and Mayor Latoya Cantrell, both of which are aware and have approved this safety test."

All fans will have to go through health checks prior to entering and meet a number of other requirements.

"These protocols include health screenings, mobile ticketing, social distancing and other health and safety enhancements.  Facemasks will be required for all those attending.  This is open only to immediate family, allowing us to test our procedures while allowing us to have a firm handle on who is attending for the purposes of safety and tracing."

Bensel says this will hopefully help move closer to getting more spectators in the Superdome.

"Our goal is to use this strict test so that we can host as many fans as allowed based on local and state guidelines as soon as possible."