NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Thursday that she supports the New Orleans Saints moving their home games temporarily to Baton Rouge.
Following a news conference on Thursday, Cantrell said that moving home games sounded like a good idea.
“I don’t have any concerns at all,” said Cantrell regarding the Saints moving their home games to Baton Rouge.” I think that could be a great place temporarily. We are looking forward to the day we can welcome back fans to the Dome. But right now it’s staff, family and friends of family.”
This comes after the Saints announced earlier this week that due to Cantrell’s COVID-19 restrictions in the city, they were considering moving their home games to Tiger Stadium at LSU.
Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Broome said she would welcome the Saints but that they would have to adhere to the same safety restrictions as college football.
Cantrell said she has been in discussions with Mayor Broome regarding the move to Baton Rouge.
The Saints have not been able to host fans in the Dome for home games this season due to coronavirus restrictions in the City of New Orleans.
Mayor Cantrell has released a three-tier plan to phase three restrictions in New Orleans.
Cantrell said that the Dome capacity is not part of the phase three plan because the capacity of the Dome is upwards of 20,000 people.
For the last two home games, Cantrell has only allowed 750 family and close friends to players inside the Dome.
The City of New Orleans issued the following statement regarding the Saints talks with LSU:
“While the Saints’ request for a special exception to the city’s COVID-19 guidelines remains under consideration, allowing 20K people in an indoor space presents significant public health concerns. At present, no NFL stadium in the country with a fixed-roof facility is allowing such an exception. We will continue to monitor the public health data, but cannot set an artificial timeline for how and when conditions may allow for the kind of special exemption being requested.”
New Orleans will move into phase 3.2 on Saturday.
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