Saints, Mayor Cantrell agree to let 3,000 fans attend Sunday's game vs. Panthers

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Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a plan to allow a limited number of fans to attend the team’s home games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, starting with this week’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

According to a statement from the Saints, the “phased and deliberate pilot approach” will allocate 3,000 tickets for season ticket holders ahead of Sunday’s noon kickoff. If COVID-19 trends remain stable, the capacity increase to 6,000 fans for both the Nov. 15 San Francisco and Nov. 22 Atlanta home games.

That number would increase to 15,000 for the Dec. 20 Kansas City and Christmas Day Minnesota home contests.

“The Saints want to thank the tremendous teamwork of Governor Jon Bel Edwards, the Louisiana Stadium Exposition Board, Scott Woodward and the LSU Athletics Department, ASM Global for their collaborative design of Venue Shield - the best stadium reactivation plan in the NFL, Ochsner Health, the National Football League and of course - Mayor LaToya Cantrell and her entire health and safety team,” the statement reads.

The Mayor and the Saints met Monday and discussed the team’s plan to allow fans to attend home games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

That meeting followed the Saints holding conversations with LSU officials about potentially playing home games in Tiger Stadium. Ultimately due to LSU's football schedule, the team wouldn't be able to play their next few home games in Baton Rouge.

So far, the Saints played their first home game in an empty Superdome and their following two contests to a small crowd of player’s family and friends as the City of New Orleans declined to allow a limited number of fans in to the arena due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The limited number of fans allowed in Sunday's game will be required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols in the Superdome.

It is imperative as noted that everyone do their part to make sure all of the progress made by our community in our fight against Covid-19 is not lost and we have no setbacks, this plan is based on creating a healthy and safe environment for our fans to arrive, enjoy and depart Saints home games safely.