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Saints say 99.6 percent of season ticket holders have renewed

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Neither the fallout from the Saints’ bounty program nor the status of Drew Brees as an unsigned free agent has deterred the ticket-buying public in New Orleans.

Citing a Wall Street Journal chart showing that the Saints lead the league when it comes to filling their stadium (and actually overfill their stadium, with an average attendance of 73,041 at the 68,000-seat Superdome), team spokesman Greg Bensel boasted that more than 99 percent of season ticket holders from last year have renewed for this year.

“New Orleans and Saints fans continue to defy odds and lead the NFL in overall attendance by FAR,” Bensel wrote on Twitter. “Saints fans are the best in the NFL – bar none . . . even during a tough offseason, Saints fans continue to lead the way with a 99.6% renewal rate and a waiting list to buy suites.”

Saints fans have a history of showing resilience in much tougher situations than the one the team has been faced with this offseason: At the start of the 2006 season, after a year in which the team had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina, the Saints fans filled the house for their first game back at the Superdome and gave their team one of the loudest receptions that any home crowd has ever produced as they beat the Falcons on a Monday night in their home opener.

If the New Orleans crowd is anything like that for this year’s opener, the Redskins are in for a rough game in Week One.

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36 Responses to “Saints say 99.6 percent of season ticket holders have renewed”
  1. dryzzt23 says: Jul 1, 2012 7:40 PM

    I would not have renewed, i would have sold my tickets to the highest bidder, then use that money to buy Steelers season tickets

  2. saintsfan26 says: Jul 1, 2012 7:40 PM

    Best fans in the NFL. Who Dat!

  3. jets13 says: Jul 1, 2012 7:42 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explination from the 0.4

  4. ashleenaome says: Jul 1, 2012 7:49 PM

    This is pretty much true for every NFL franchise.

  5. crewdawg says: Jul 1, 2012 7:50 PM

    Were the .4% friends and family of Vilma?

  6. blackbug99 says: Jul 1, 2012 7:58 PM

    I love percentages! They can mean anything you want them to. If they only had 1 fan and doubled it…that’s a 200% increase. They can honestly say 2 times as many people watched us.

  7. sdisme says: Jul 1, 2012 7:59 PM

    Season tickets had to be 50% paid the Friday before the coaches penalties were announced.

    But I’m sure that is just coincidental. :)

  8. alonestartexan says: Jul 1, 2012 8:06 PM

    The other .4% didn’t get their bounty payment and are making payments on their tickets..

  9. cowboyscanada says: Jul 1, 2012 8:14 PM

    I would have given my tickets to highest bidder as well…. Then bought any other teams tickets,,,college, NFL, CFL, WNBA…lol

  10. abninf says: Jul 1, 2012 8:16 PM

    “Saints fans are the best in the NFL – bar none . . .
    ——————————————————

    Most were Cowboys fans before Brees came and will be again when he’s gone.

  11. gumerk says: Jul 1, 2012 8:18 PM

    Saints fans have always supported their beloved team and city with a fervor like none other. They have a special relationship with their team and players alike.

    Drew Brees himself lead chants on Bourbon Street after their Superbowl victory, it’s very similar to a college town where the whole community supports their team and the players feed off that energy and see it first hand. It’s truly a game-day experience in all of New Orleans.

    The atmosphere in the Superdome on game-day is fantastic and exciting for any sports fan, especially Saints fans. In addition, the opposing fans are treated well and are told on a regular basis “Thank you for coming to New Orleans,” illustrating Saints fans southern hospitality and sportsmanship.

    Look for the fans to have a major chip on their shoulder and crank it up a notch to a noise level that will be epic and very, very demoralizing for the opposition.

  12. miamisaint3255 says: Jul 1, 2012 8:31 PM

    If you want the best and most magical nfl stadium game day experience, put on a saints jersey and show up at the french quarter about 4 hours before kickoff (10 hours before a night game) and have some great food and drink and then walk with thousands of fans down poydras to the dome two hours before game. enjoy the pre-parties and tailgating, including champions square concert, then go to game. It does not matter if you have the cheapest nose bleed seats or are in a luxury box. It will be the best nfl game experience you have ever had. Nothing compares to it in the league. For those hours leading up to game and during game, status in life, wealth, etc, none of that matters, as everyone is one big Saints Who Dat family. Pure good times.

  13. mark0226 says: Jul 1, 2012 8:32 PM

    Um, blackbug99, if you had 1 fan and doubled it, that would be a 100% increase, not a 200% increase. Let’s do the math. If you had one fan and now have two, the increase is one. One divided by one is 1, or 100%.

  14. 11jlacy says: Jul 1, 2012 8:43 PM

    We real fans in new orleans ya dig!!!!!

  15. gadzod says: Jul 1, 2012 8:44 PM

    Just give it time. We all know how “packed” it was Pre-Drew Brees. As soon as the team starts losing, they will be about as packed as the Jaguars are, just like they were from 1967 until 2005….

  16. ilovefoolsball says: Jul 1, 2012 8:46 PM

    The Redskins are in for a rough game week one.

  17. buccaroo989 says: Jul 1, 2012 8:49 PM

    Let the bloodbath begin!!!

  18. ascensionparish says: Jul 1, 2012 8:53 PM

    jets13 says:Jul 1, 2012 7:42 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explination from the 0.4
    —————————————-

    Ok, from a Saints fan, that was kinda funny.

  19. silentcount says: Jul 1, 2012 8:58 PM

    19-0, and Goodell has to hand Drew Brees the Superbowl trophy in the Superdome. Saints fans all want to be there to help make him feel unwelcomed, and see his face get redder.

  20. csmit44 says: Jul 1, 2012 9:08 PM

    “Just give it time. We all know how “packed” it was Pre-Drew Brees. As soon as the team starts losing, they will be about as packed as the Jaguars are, just like they were from 1967 until 2005….”

    It was actually quite packed…in fact I’d be willing to bet that very few teams in SPORTS would have drawn near the crowds in the dome for such horrific teams as the Saints have had throughout their history. Hell they sold out the superdome the year after katrina before Brees had taken a single snap. But keep trolling.

  21. daknight93 says: Jul 1, 2012 9:17 PM

    saints fans are unique and very passionate…win or lose, we strongly support our team despite these unfortunate and historic sanctions…Saints fans are ready to get the season going, ya heard me!!!

  22. alonestartexan says: Jul 1, 2012 9:24 PM

    The Saints have had strong fan support, but lets be real for a minute…

    For decades, the closest NFL franchise to New Orleans was the Houston Oilers, 6 hours away from NOLA.

    Until 2002, the Saints were the only pro team in Louisiana when the Hornets relocated there.

    Obviously, with no other pro sports around, the Saints were bound to succeed at the box office.

    They didn’t have 100% sell out crowds until they returned to New Orleans and the residents of the city clung to them as the only thing New Orleans had left to be proud of.

    I lived in the city, I know the passion the fans have for the Saints, but lets be real for a minute, there was no “season ticket waiting list” until the season following their return to the dome, go back and look at season after season on wikipedia, they have attendance listed for every game, google “1999 New Orleans Saints” or whatever year you want to look up.

  23. randallflagg52 says: Jul 1, 2012 9:36 PM

    Best fans in the NFL? That’s a bold statement, but I agree the saints are top 5 in terms of loyal fans. They’re up there with the likes of the Chiefs, Ravens, Giants and Packers.

  24. fballguy says: Jul 1, 2012 9:51 PM

    And they’ll be selling them for half of face value on Ebay by Nov 1st.

    Long season coming in the Big Easy.

  25. punkyqb says: Jul 1, 2012 9:57 PM

    Birds of a feather flock together.

  26. mdd913 says: Jul 1, 2012 11:01 PM

    ust give it time. We all know how “packed” it was Pre-Drew Brees.

    ———————————————————

    Actually, it was. 36 straight game sellout streak before 2005, dating back to the beginning of the Jim Haslett era.

    But thanks for showing your complete and total ignorance.

  27. ascensionparish says: Jul 1, 2012 11:05 PM

    alonestartexan says:Jul 1, 2012 9:24 PM

    The Saints have had strong fan support, but lets be real for a minute…

    For decades, the closest NFL franchise to New Orleans was the Houston Oilers, 6 hours away from NOLA.

    Until 2002, the Saints were the only pro team in Louisiana when the Hornets relocated there.

    Obviously, with no other pro sports around, the Saints were bound to succeed at the box office.

    They didn’t have 100% sell out crowds until they returned to New Orleans and the residents of the city clung to them as the only thing New Orleans had left to be proud of.

    I lived in the city, I know the passion the fans have for the Saints, but lets be real for a minute, there was no “season ticket waiting list” until the season following their return to the dome, go back and look at season after season on wikipedia, they have attendance listed for every game, google “1999 New Orleans Saints” or whatever year you want to look up.
    —————————————————

    I appreciate your vigor in looking up Saints attendance stats from over a decade ago. You’re clearly passionate. But the 1999 season was a dark time for this franchise. Ditka had run it into the ground. While the Houston metro area boasts more residents than the entire state of Louisiana, I’m proud that our city has two great professional franchises (to go along with our AAA minor league Marlins affiliate and our Arena Football League franchise).

    But the simple fact is that the 7-9 2007 Saints still retained 100% season ticket sales as well as the defensive-deficient 8-8 2008 Saints.

  28. wolfmanpatriot says: Jul 1, 2012 11:17 PM

    If they had said that so far, season ticket sales were at 99.6% I would believe it.
    But that high a number of repeat buyers?

    NO WAY.

    Things happen. People die, lose jobs and so on.

    Heck. Goodell’s presence in the NFL alone must sicken a good 30% of ticket holders.

  29. bittersportspills says: Jul 1, 2012 11:21 PM

    It’s the NFL, its the Deep South but the key is, they are contending. Now it’s hard to believe Tom Benson wanted to move that team here to San Antonio after Katrina. If Benson had owned the Hornets then, they would have stayed in Oklahoma City.

    The Buccaneers had that long season ticket request list for years; now they can’t find enough people to sell out by selling single-game tickets. Washington Redskins have that sellout streak going, but now its by selling to ticket brokers. Saints have a great fan base but only super hard core fan bases will sell out games while losing.

    Also, the NFL is a bargain compared to indoor sports with 40 game home schedules.

  30. shrike3000 says: Jul 1, 2012 11:25 PM

    @alonestartexan

    I randomly chose the 2002 New Orleans Saints and looked up their attendance at their 68k capacity stadium. Here are the numbers I found:

    67,958
    67,734
    67,903
    67,883
    68,295
    68,226
    67,851
    66,946

    Seems like pretty solid attendance to me in the pre Brees/Payton era.

  31. alonestartexan says: Jul 2, 2012 12:24 AM

    mdd913 says: Jul 1, 2012 11:01 PM

    Actually, it was. 36 straight game sellout streak before 2005, dating back to the beginning of the Jim Haslett era.

    But thanks for showing your complete and total ignorance.
    ———————————————————

    It shows that they sold out every game except the Carolina game in 2004.

    Look at the attendance for 2003, at Max they had 70,020 against Indy, at minimum they had 68,390 against Houston and Chicago.

    Go look it up.

  32. alonestartexan says: Jul 2, 2012 12:30 AM

    ascensionparish says: Jul 1, 2012 11:05 PM

    I appreciate your vigor in looking up Saints attendance stats from over a decade ago. You’re clearly passionate. But the 1999 season was a dark time for this franchise. Ditka had run it into the ground. While the Houston metro area boasts more residents than the entire state of Louisiana, I’m proud that our city has two great professional franchises (to go along with our AAA minor league Marlins affiliate and our Arena Football League franchise).

    But the simple fact is that the 7-9 2007 Saints still retained 100% season ticket sales as well as the defensive-deficient 8-8 2008 Saints.
    ——————————

    My reply was to CSMitt44, He claimed that very few teams in ALL sports had the fanbase that New Orleans has, other posters talked about sellouts even in the lean years.

    I wasn’t comparing Houston and New Orleans, What I said, if you’ll re-read, is that the Saints were the only professional franchise in the state and that Houston had the closest NFL franchise. You can’t detract attendance from an NFL game for a minor league baseball team and an Arena team. The NFL would dominate both of those, any day of the week.

    If New Orleans had MLB, MLS, and the NHL, The Saints likely wouldn’t be selling out many games due to the sporting dollars being stretched thin in the city.

    That was my only point.

    It’s ironic that you’re from Ascension Parish, I lived in LaFourche and was offered a free house in Donaldsonville, chose to move to Houston instead.

    Good luck to the Saints this year bro !

  33. chuckyd317 says: Jul 2, 2012 6:47 AM

    I didn’t know Saints fans could afford season tickets.
    . They got their priorities straight at least, putting football before that new set of teeth they all need…

  34. whodatsaybaby says: Jul 2, 2012 7:23 AM

    The 12th man has spoken. Besides, the 0.4% left open is to make more room for beer because we will be doing alot of celibrating this year. Nothing better then a ”WHO DAT” gathering.

  35. southcakpanther says: Jul 2, 2012 10:02 AM

    Who Dat has got to be the worst rallying cry in sports history. Who Dey is bad, but seeing as New Orleans ripped it off from the Bengals, they get the prize.

  36. itsjustmesg says: Jul 2, 2012 1:11 PM

    It’s great to see Benson and their fans hype the Who Dat Nation but it would be even better if Benson’s claim that they “lead the NFL in overall attendance by FAR” were actually, you know, true. Their average attendance at home ranked 6th last year and overall attendance was 10th in the league. As much as Saints’ fans enjoy watching the local stat-chasers, it seems those in other communities don’t care about them as much as other top franchises to make it a “must-see” event. Keep patting yourselves on the back but when it comes to loyalty, the Saints are merely one of a multitude of teams with solid fan bases.

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