Sean Payton Wanted 50K Fans to Quarantine for Home Field Advantage

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Home field advantage has been literally nonexistent in the NFL this season, giving New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton an outside-the-box idea: what if 50,000 fans quarantined in a bubble so that the Superdome could be rocking for the Saints’ first playoff game?

“I brought up the idea of testing 50,000 people and quarantining them in a hotel and having the safest Superdome known to man,” Payton says. “Scientifically. Bus them, they’ve tested every day. You’ve got a COVID-free facility. I think that’s possible.”

There might be only a few NFL fan bases psycho enough to quarantine for two weeks in a hotel room to spend a few hours at a playoff game, but the Saints might have one of those fan bases.

Credit to Sean Payton for being creative. It would’ve been a fascinating social experiment to see all these logistics put into action.


Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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