The city of New Orleans and the Saints’ franchise have come to an agreement plan that will allow fans to return to games as early as Sunday.
The Saints franchise and the city of New Orleans mayor have been at odds over the past couple of weeks as to whether to let fans back into the stadium or not. By now, most NFL franchises have allowed, to some extent, fans back into stadiums.
The NFL made some guidelines. It started off with no fans in the first eight rows, daily player testing, masks, and so on. In fact, coaches, including Sean Payton, were fined over six digits worth for not wearing their masks during games.
After multiple weeks of being denied by the mayor, the two have come to a mutual plan that will allow for a tiered reopening of the Dome to fans.
Per a report from Bleacher Report, Mayor Cantrell and the Saints agreed to let 3,000 fans back into the stadium on Sunday. This will be the first phase of the reopening. It represents about 4 percent of the 75,000 fans capacity that the Superdome has.
The second phase will begin on November 15th (the Saints’ first home game in November). It will gradually increase the number in attendance to 6,000. It will stay like that for the November 15th and 22nd games against the 49ers and Falcons respectively.
The third and last reported phase will begin on December 20th (the Saints’ first home game in December). During this game against the Chiefs, the attendance will be upped to 15,000 which will open the Dome to a capacity of 20 percent.
It’s not what the team was hoping for, but we are 100 percent happy that fans will be back inside of the Dome. If there is one thing that the Saints need to boost their performance, it is fans cheering them on.
The city of New Orleans has some of the best fans in the world, and they deserve this.