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New Orleans mayor, Saints agree to allow fans in attendance for home games

Sean Payton, Drew Brees, LaToya Cantrell, Saints

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, in partnership with the New Orleans Saints, has agreed to a phased and deliberate pilot approach allowing fans to attend Saints home games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Saints will be allowed to have fans this Sunday when the team hosts the Carolina Panthers in an NFC South divisional battle.

Saints’ season-ticket holders will have access to 3,000 tickets for the Oct. 25 Panthers home game. Barring any change in local health and safety guidelines, capacity will increase to 6,000 fans for both the Nov. 15 San Francisco 49ers game and the Nov. 22 Atlanta Falcons contest.

The announcement comes weeks after the Saints were preparing to use the LSU Tigers’ home stadium in Baton Rouge to stage NFL home games.

New Orleans is 3-2 on the 2020 season thus far. They have wins against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Chargers. The two losses came to the hands of the Las Vegas Raiders and Green Bay Packers.

As is the case every season, the Saints will ultimately go as far as star quarterback Drew Brees can take them. The future Hall of Famer has thrown for 1,331 yards and nine touchdowns on the season while completing 71.0 percent of his passes.

Brees only has three picks as well.

The Panthers lost to the Chicago Bears at home in Week 6, with former Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater throwing two interceptions. New Orleans should be favored to defeat Carolina at home, especially since there will be some fans in attendance to make noise.