The New Orleans Saints and Mayor Cantrell exchange words on Twitter about fan attendance
By Bob Garcia
The team disputes recent remarks about fan participation at games made by the mayor
The New Orleans Saints have asked Mayor Cantrell to allow the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to operate at 25% capacity for the teams’ remaining home games. Mayor Cantrell has remained firm in her stance against allowing the Saints to host that many fans at the Superdome. “At present, no NFL stadium in the country with a fixed-roof facility is allowing such an exception,” Mayor Cantrell wrote on Twitter. “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.” “I have no problems with Saints having games in Baton Rouge. That’s a good solution for right now,” said Cantrell.
The Saints responded that ten games have been played this season with a large number of fans inside and enclosed stadium. “Furthermore, the Saints and Cardinals have played with a limited capacity under the roof,” the team said in a statement. “In NO instances have there been any reporting of COVID clusters or outbreaks in these situations OR any situations in stadiums with fans present.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic fanning the flames in the dispute between Mayor Cantrell and the Saints, the team may be forced to hold its remaining games in Baton Rouge if they want to be able to have a larger fan base for their games. At this time, the New Orleans Saints still plan to hold their upcoming game against the Panthers at the Superdome.