It has been nearly three weeks since Hurricane Ida battered the southeastern portion of Louisiana. And while power has been restored to much of the region, in New Orleans, residents are still waiting for trash pickups to resume.
According to reports, Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans has expressed that the Saints should be back playing in the Superdome by Week 4 of the NFL season. That would make for only one missed home game due to the effects Hurricane Ida had on Southeast Louisiana.
A statement from the New Orleans Saints details the phased introduction of allowing fans in the Superdome for upcoming home games. 3,000 Saints fans will be allowed access to this weekends game and up to 15,000 fans could be allowed by late December.
Mayor Latoya Cantrell of New Orleans was asked again at her press conference today about the Saints welcoming fans into the Superdome for upcoming home games. Cantrell noted that Tiger Stadium, "Could be a great place, temporarily" when referring to the Saints potentially taking their home games to Baton Rouge.
Reports by NFL insiders are saying that Saints officials are meeting with LSU officials about hosting upcoming games in Baton Rouge at Tiger Stadium. These talks come as Mayor Latoya Cantrell has continued to decline Saints requests to allow fans in the Superdome.
Mayor-President Josh Guillory of Lafayette has a solution for the New Orleans Saints not being able to have fans inside of the Superdome for home games. He has offered the Saints and the NFL the option to host Saints home games in Lafayette at Cajun Field if Mayor Cantrell will not allow fans in the Superdome.