Saints to Play Four Games in Baton Rouge
NEW YORK (AP) _ The New Orleans Saints will play four home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., and three in the Alamodome in San Antonio this season.
The Saints, displaced when Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area and their Superdome home, will play the weekends of Oct. 30-31, Nov. 6-7, Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 17-19 on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge. The San Antonio games will be on the weekends of Oct. 2-3, Oct. 16-17 and Dec. 24-26.
Specific days and starting times for those games have not been determined.
The four home games at Baton Rouge will be against Miami, Chicago, Tampa Bay and Carolina. The San Antonio games will be against Buffalo, Atlanta and Detroit.
No decision was made on the site of potential Saints home playoff games this season.
Agreement on the schedule was reached after a meeting Monday in Baton Rouge involving Saints owner Tom Benson, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, LSU chancellor Sean O’Keefe and other school officials.
``We had an excellent meeting this morning and quickly developed a dual consensus,″ Tagliabue said. ``The first was to continue to give priority to the needs of the region and the second to the scheduling of Saints games in a way that made sense under the total circumstances. ... We also appreciate the cooperation of the Alamodome officials and the hospitality of the people of San Antonio for their support of the Saints at this difficult time.″