Saints explored a plan for filling the Superdome with fans for the playoffs

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The Saints will host a playoff game, but they won’t have the same home-field advantage they’ve enjoyed in their past 12 Superdome postseason contests. They considered a plan that could have allowed for more fans in the building.

“I brought up the idea of testing 50,000 people and quarantining them in a hotel and having the most safest Superdome known to man, scientifically,” coach Sean Payton told reporters on Wednesday, via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Bus them, they’ve tested every day, and you’ve got a COVID-free facility.”

This wasn’t a joke. The Saints did indeed brainstorm possibilities for getting people into the Superdome in a way that local officials would approve.

The Saints previously had toyed with the idea of playing home games at LSU, in order to get more fans into the building. Payton apparently didn’t mention whether the Baton Rouge option was considered.

The Saints are expected to have roughly 3,000 fans present for the game. It’s better than none, but it’s not nearly as good as a full house would be against the Bears.

6 responses to “Saints explored a plan for filling the Superdome with fans for the playoffs

  1. Which brings the question…

    Would you lock down in a hotel for over a week for a ticket to an NFL playoff game?

    Personally, I would pass.

  2. So who was going to pay for the quarantine in the hotel the team? My guess is that’s why the plan was scratched, because it was economically detrimental to the team. A thoughtful idea but not feasible unless the owner loves his fan base so much that he’s willing to pick up the tab for their hotel bill. Think of the room service charges, and then if just 1 person breaks the bubble rules it all comes apart, and you know SOMEONE would have broken the rules.

  3. NFL teams have a hard enough time controlling the virus within their teams. It’s ridiculous to think they could even control it with a few thousand random fans that are not employed by them. 50,000 fans? That’s just stupid.

  4. murphyslaw40 says:
    January 6, 2021 at 12:12 pm
    Which brings the question…

    Would you lock down in a hotel for over a week for a ticket to an NFL playoff game?

    Personally, I would pass.

    ——————

    For a ticket to a Bills playoff game? Hell yes. That’s not even a question

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