The New Orleans Saints have already decided not to allow fans into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the first game of the season on September 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While this move was expected, it still comes as a disappointment to the fans who were hoping to see Saints quarterback Drew Brees take on the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers.
With new developments coming nearly everyday about other teams’ stances on fans in stadiums, New Orleans seems poised to play in front of empty seats for what could be the first four weeks of the season.
Week 2 the Saints are scheduled to fly to Las Vegas to face-off against the Raiders in the inaugural game in Allegiant Stadium. While that game was sure to be a highlight for fans making the trip out to Las Vegas, the Raiders have already declared there will be no fans allowed in Allegiant Stadium for the entirety of the 2020 season.
New Orleans will return home in Week 3 to take on the Green Bay Packers and word has not been passed yet if fans will be allowed back in the Superdome at a limited capacity. This does not look likely, but fans can still have hope.
Finally, news has just broke that Ford Stadium, home of the Detroit Lions, will not allow fans in attendance for at least the first two home games. This means that the Week 4 matchup between the Saints and the Lions will also be without fans.
The 2020 season will looks drastically different than any other in the history of the league. These recent developments are continuing to prove that. However, this New Orleans team is built to face adversity and should excel even without the added support of the fans during the early going part of the season.