Saints-Packers moved to Jacksonville for Week 1
The New Orleans Saints will host their NFL season-opener against the Green Bay Packers in Jacksonville, Fla.
In a statement on Wednesday, the NFL said the decision was made in the interest of public safety.
“The decision was made, in consultation with state and local officials and both clubs, in the interest of public safety,” the league announced. “Details on tickets and other specifics, including how fans can continue to help in the recovery effort, will be announced in the days ahead.”
The Saints were forced to find a new venue as New Orleans continues to wade through the complications in the region following Hurricane Ida.
Kickoff will be 4:25 ET at TIAA Bank Field, home to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags open their season on the road in Houston.
Saints owner Gayle Benson made an initial $1 million donation to the Gulf Coast Renewal Fund.
The Saints evacuated to and have been practicing in Dallas, however a concert at AT&T Stadium prevented them from playing the game at the Cowboys’ home stadium.
Head coach Sean Payton on Tuesday said the Saints are preparing as if they won’t be able to return to Louisiana for the first four weeks of the regular season. The Saints are expected to practice in September at SMU or TCU, where Payton’s son is a student.
Though the Superdome avoided structural damage, the city of New Orleans remains largely without power and water consumption has become an issue in the aftermath of the massive storm.
The hurricane made landfall Sunday as a Category 4 storm with winds of 150 mph.
–Field Level Media