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Saints to open season at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, per reports

The Saints are unable to play at home in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

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In the wake of Hurricane Ida, the New Orleans Saints will be unable to play their first month’s worth of home games on their usual turf of the Caesar’s Superdome. This, of course, has led to questions of where they will play, and, for at least one game, that question has been answered. The Times-Picayune’s Jeff Duncan reported on Wednesday morning that the Saints will call TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville their home to start the 2021 season.

The Saints open the season on September 12 against the Green Bay Packers, in a game that would’ve been Jameis Winston’s first time starting at the Superdome for the black and gold. Other venues were considered for this season opener, most notably Dallas’s AT&T Stadium, however conflicts with a concert led to AT&T Stadium being unavailable, as well as NRG Stadium in Houston playing host to another NFL game that day.

It remains to be seen where the Saints will play out the rest of their home games to start the 2021 season. Luckily, they won’t have a similar issue until the Week 4 clash with the New York Giants, scheduled to take place on October 3. It’s unclear whether or not the Saints will be able to play at the Superdome for that contest.

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