The New Orleans Saints are considering the option of playing home football games at LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge if the city of New Orleans will not clear regulatory hurdles to let them host fans at the Superdome, Saints communications executive Greg Bensel told ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
With New Orleans shut down and its Mayor Latoya Cantrell repeatedly declining to allow the Saints to have limited-capacity fans, team officials are meeting today with LSU officials about hosting upcoming games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La, per Saints' official Greg Bensel.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2020
“LSU has been gracious and enthusiastic regarding hosting our future games, and we very much appreciate their partnership,” Bensel told Schefter. “We have also discussed the possibility of moving our home games to LSU with the NFL, and they are aware of our exploring this option. Obviously, our overwhelming preference is to play our games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with partial fan attendance, but there has been no indication from the city on when, or if, this might be approved.”
There have been murmurs that NFL owners all over the league are fed up with local regulators who have stopped them from having fans. Given that this story has come on the record through a Saints official, it would hardly be surprising if they do wind up playing home games in Baton Rouge soon. Will there be other instances of NFL teams temporarily relocating to regions where they can benefit from the noise and revenue of hosting fans?