As the city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast recover from Hurricane Ida, Saints coach Sean Payton told media Monday he does not know if the team’s Week 1 game against the Packers will be played at Caesars Superdome.
The game is scheduled for Sunday, September 12, two weeks after Ida made landfall in Louisiana, and there are bigger things for the community to address in the near term, Payton emphasized.
“We don’t know relative on Week 1 in the Superdome,” Payton said, per Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football. “… We’ll have a Plan B. There’s a lot of things from a priority standpoint that are more important to our city.”
NBC Sports’ Peter King suggests the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium is a logical site for the game should it be moved.
Playing the game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay does not appear to be among the options.
“I don’t see that happening,” Payton added.
After canceling Saturday’s preseason game against the Cardinals, the Saints evacuated to Texas, where they are practicing this week at AT&T Stadium, nola.com reported. The plan is to practice Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before taking a few days off.
While Payton said he’s not been made aware of significant damage to the team’s training facility, he cautioned, “There’s a good chance when we start back up Monday — a week from today — that’s going to be somewhere other than Metairie.”
While the Saints are currently 3-point underdogs to the Packers for the Week 1 matchup, some sportsbooks have taken the game off their board. The betting line would move in Green Bay’s direction should the game not be played in the Caesars Superdome.
Looking Back At Katrina
Ida struck New Orleans 16 years after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the city included blowing the roof off the Superdome. The building was left unusable for the 2005 season.
The Saints’ season opener that year, against the New York Giants, was played at Giants Stadium after originally being scheduled for New Orleans, and the rest of the team’s regular-season games were split between Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge and the Alamodome in San Antonio. Team operations and practice were held in San Antonio.
With a death toll expected to rise, hundreds of thousands stranded or without power, and the region looking at weeks of recovery from Ida, our thoughts are with the people of New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast.
Our hearts go out to the people of the Gulf Coast Region as Hurricane Ida makes landfall.
Please stay safe and look out for your neighbors when possible 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Xw0JPrBD7S
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 29, 2021