Data News Staff Edited Report
The controversy around fans at the Saints game have come to a compromise between the Saints organization and Mayor LaToya Cantrell. The first game was played on October 25, 2020 with 3,000 fans in attendance against the Panthers inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
It was agreed upon that a phased in approach would take place to allowing fans in the stands. Capacity will increase to 6,000 fans for both the San Francisco (Nov. 15th) and Atlanta (Nov. 22nd) home games. By December, the capacity would increase to 15,000 fans for home games against Kansas City (Dec. 20th) and Minnesota (Dec. 25th).
It’s been reported that all health and safety protocols at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be observed. Also, Mayor Cantrell’s office will be strictly enforcing crowd gatherings throughout the Central Business District and French Quarter on game days to ensure all City regulations are being observed.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell released a statement about the City’s agreement with the Saints,
“I am allowing the Saints to move forward with this pilot exercise, allowing for limited seating in the Dome, as part of a phased, incremental approach that is consistent with the City’s Phase 3 re-opening. The way forward towards additional expansion depends on the current trends remaining stable. An outbreak or a sudden increase in community spread would be reason to pause. I am glad to begin welcoming Saints fans back into the Dome, and hopeful that we can continue on a deliberate, gradual path forward.”