Chargers-Saints could be played in Indianapolis

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As if the NFL didn’t have its hands full with multiple boiling COVID-19 pots, another serious logistical problem has emerged.

Delta became a “major hurricane” on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Saints are preparing to potentially evacuate to Indianapolis on Thursday, according to Jeff Duncan of TheAthletic.com.

Monday night’s game against the Chargers also could be played in Indianapolis, Duncan reports.

Per Duncan, the team is due to practice on Thursday. After practice, they possibly will take a charter flight to Indianapolis, and stay there at least until Sunday.

The Saints prefer Indy because of team officials are familiar with the city, which hosts the annual Scouting Combine. It’s small (as big cities go) and easy to navigate.

Depending on the path, the timing, and the aftermath of the storm, Monday night’s game also could be played in Indianapolis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Duncan that the league is monitoring the situation, but that it’s premature to discuss contingency plans for the Chargers-Saints game.

While it’s an inconvenience for the Saints, there’s a thick silver lining in the fact that the Saints may be taking the show on the road: The Saints will have a de facto bubble in Indy, limiting the potential pathways for entry of the virus into the facility.

10 responses to “Chargers-Saints could be played in Indianapolis

  1. Between all the injuries, positive tests, lack of fans and now geographical challenges – this season is a bust.

  2. Weather in Indy on Monday night shows partly cloudy and about 70 degrees–perfect for a game at Lucas Oil Stadium with the roof and the north end window open. As an Indy native who lives in Chicago, I’d drive down for this game. Cool that my hometown has the logistics and set-up to handle this on a moment’s notice. I think an unscheduled move like this is making this season fun in an unpredictable way.

  3. The Saints prefer Indy because of team officials are familiar with the city, which hosts the annual Scouting Combine. It’s small (as big cities go) and easy to navigate.

    This is interesting to me. They should be flying in, parking their butts in the hotel and then only going to stadium for game. They shouldn’t be navigating anywhere other than airport, hotel, stadium. Food in, no ‘guests” etc.

  4. Just happy the Saints didn’t figure out a way to play in Atlanta. Arthur Blank is such a nice guy, he’d probably have welcomed them with open arms. Dan Quinn could vouch for Arthur’s generosity.

  5. orangecrush78 says:
    October 7, 2020 at 9:59 am
    The Saints prefer Indy because of team officials are familiar with the city, which hosts the annual Scouting Combine. It’s small (as big cities go) and easy to navigate.

    This is interesting to me. They should be flying in, parking their butts in the hotel and then only going to stadium for game. They shouldn’t be navigating anywhere other than airport, hotel, stadium. Food in, no ‘guests” etc.
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    They are referring to the proximity from the hotels to the stadium. With most hotels in Indy, you can get to the stadium from the hotels without even going outside. Tunnels everywhere.

  6. It’s not as if fans can go to the game anyways so there’s no lost revenue gameday. For everyone’s safety, just move the game. Stop playing with lives and diversion of emergency resources just for a game

  7. Fans won’t be going to the game and the game itself will be played indoors. No reason at all not to play the game in New Orleans.
    Don’t let the weather dominate your life.

  8. If game moves to indy, local(new orleans) revenue will be lost along with dome advantage of fans,although numbers significantly limited.

  9. Selfishly I hope the game is played here (Indy). A chance to see Drew play one last time (I am a Purdue guy too) and a star in the making Herbert. Would be fun to watch – Colts fan or not!

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