Sometimes, it’s nice to allow yourself feel the warm and fuzzies as a fanbase. New Orleans has long been renowned for its friendly atmosphere toward visiting fans, and The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin confirmed that reputation by ranking New Orleans the No. 1 destination for fans to travel to see a game.
There’s a reason New Orleans has hosted 10 Super Bowls, good for second among destinations since the games inception in 1967 (Miami, 11). The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is situated in the heart of the city, so when the game is over you can go to any number of watering holes; and you can prep for kickoff in Champion’s Square, a solid party spot outside of the stadium.
Volin’s rankings are based on attractions, weather, game-day atmosphere, ticket availability, and access to the stadium. New Orleans kills all of these categories, but what ultimately sets it apart is the people. It’s a city full of people who have a genuine love of football, and even if you can’t get a ticket to the game you can watch it just about anywhere and have a good time.
Some of this positivity, of course, comes from being a long-struggling fanbase that finally tasted success in the mid-2000s. The Saints will look to keep that going in 2021, as Jameis Winston likely starts the post Drew Brees era. The Superdome will undoubtedly keep its raucous atmosphere, but the team will have to do well to keep the noise level what it has been in the past.
Ultimately, the Saints are undoubtedly capable of doing so. For now, let’s just embrace being a popular spot to visit and uphold that reputation come this season. There’s something special about football in New Orleans. It’s nice to see that acknowledged on a stage outside of the city itself.