The New Orleans Saints will “host” the Green Bay Packers at Jacksonville’s TIAA Financial institution Discipline on Sunday, Sept. 12, whereas town of New Orleans continues to recuperate from Hurricane Ida.
The NFL introduced Jacksonville because the alternate web site for the sport, which can nonetheless kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET as initially scheduled.
The Saints had proven curiosity in taking part in the sport in Dallas, the place they’ve arrange momentary operations after evacuating New Orleans final week. However the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium was unavailable due to a live performance scheduled within the venue later that week.
The NFL prefers that each one video games be performed in NFL stadiums due to the replay necessities and different logistical considerations. However Saints normal supervisor Mickey Loomis mentioned the league all the time identifies potential places that may very well be accessible every week in case circumstances like these come up.
The Saints’ Week 2 and Week 3 video games are on the highway at Carolina and at New England, respectively. Ideally the Saints may return residence to the Caesars Superdome after that.
The Superdome didn’t maintain important injury. However widespread energy outages all through the New Orleans space would make it tough to host a sport by subsequent week, along with staffing and safety points.
Packers normal supervisor Brian Gutekunst mentioned Wednesday that the Packers did not have any enter within the choice for the sport to be performed in Jacksonville.
“I do not assume we had a complete lot of say given than it was New Orleans’ residence sport,” Gutekunst mentioned. “We might’ve cherished to have it right here [at Lambeau Field], although; that will’ve been good.”
Packers coach Matt LaFleur mentioned his crew will alter to the change of venue.
“We’ll alter and I believe there are some changes: some positives, it most likely will not be fairly as loud. The adverse is it is arduous to simulate that sort of warmth,” he mentioned.
The Saints introduced that season-ticket holders can be contacted with info on all ticket choices. When requested whether or not the Saints had been aware of choosing a spot that would not give Inexperienced Bay any kind of home-field benefit, Loomis mentioned, “Look, we’re aware of all the pieces in terms of making ready for an opponent. However the principle factor is we have to have a NFL-ready stadium, and there is so many variables.”
The NFL has moved video games previously due to issues comparable to extreme climate points, the Metrodome roof collapsing in Minnesota and points associated to the coronavirus pandemic final season when the San Francisco 49ers performed their last two residence video games in Arizona.
Sadly, these types of changes are nothing new for the Saints, who needed to evacuate New Orleans for a whole season after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and have moved practices out of city a number of occasions over time.
The Saints are anticipated to stay in Dallas for as much as a month till the New Orleans space is again up and working. Though the crew’s observe facility in Metairie, Louisiana, did not maintain any important injury both, the Saints wish to wait till life is again near regular for all gamers and workers members earlier than returning residence.
The Saints introduced Wednesday that they’ll briefly be working towards and conducting energy and conditioning at TCU’s services within the coming weeks. SMU and AT&T Stadium will even be accessible to the Saints if scheduling points come up.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.