Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday he's having conversations with the NFL about AT&T Stadium hosting the New Orleans Saints' Week 1 home opener against the Green Bay Packers because of Hurricane Ida.
“That’s certainly possible,” Jones said on KRLD/105.3 “The Fan.” “We’re having discussions. There’s a lot of moving parts but we certainly have a kinship with the Saints because of our proximity to Louisiana. It’s a natural for us.”
The Saints are currently practicing in Dallas due to the hurricane. Saints head coach Sean Payton called the Cowboys about using AT&T Stadium to practice several days before Ida hit Louisiana. The hurricane made landfall on Sunday and caused power outages, flooding, plenty of damage and a few deaths so far.
Payton acknowledged Monday the possible need for an alternate location for the regular-season opener, and as of right now, it looks like the Saints will not be able to return to Louisiana anytime soon. Payton said Tuesday the team is preparing to be away from New Orleans for about a month, which could encompass two home games. After the opener against the Packers, the Saints travel to Carolina and New England for Weeks 2 and 3 before a scheduled home game against the New York Giants in Week 4.
Jerry Jones and the Cowboys are ready to step up and help out for at least Week 1. Dallas opens its season on the road against the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 9, so AT&T Stadium is open for use.