Saints season opener against Packers moved to Jacksonville

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The National Football League announced today that the New Orleans Saints opening game of the 2021 season against the Green Bay Packers will be played in Jacksonville, Florida at TIAA Bank Field, on Sunday, September 12 at 3:25 p.m. (CT).

Due to the impact of Hurricane Ida on New Orleans and surrounding areas on August 29-30, the decision to move the game to Jacksonville provides the city of New Orleans the greatest ability to continue storm clean up procedures and allow the city’s infrastructure to recover and allow all resources to be directed towards the most expedient recovery possible. ASM International manages both the Caesars Superdome and TIAA Bank Field.

“I am proud of the collective communications that occurred between many entities in a short amount of time that led to us making this decision,” said New Orleans Saints Owner Gayle Benson. “It is never easy to make a decision that involves not playing a Saints home game in the Caesars Superdome, but I am confident that this is the right decision for our city at this juncture. Collectively, we have a monumental task ahead of us in cleaning up the after effects left by Hurricane Ida, but it has been inspiring to see people getting right to work and starting the process. I wish to personally thank Shahid Khan, Mark Lamping and the entire Jacksonville Jaguars staff and their city leaders in offering to host our game. Our staff is working diligently to prepare for the game and we anticipate many Saints fans from across the region will be there to support Coach Payton and the Saints players.”

The Saints and league have had extensive discussions with local and state governmental leaders, Entergy officials, ASM International and other key community leaders. The team will remain in regular contact as daily assessments are made, with the greatest hopes that the Saints can return home to play the balance of their home games at the Caesars Superdome as soon as it is feasible.

“We also want to thank Governor Jon Bel Edwards and Mayor LaToya Cantrell for their leadership during this hurricane,” said Benson. “And, of course all of the first responders and those at Entergy and everyone working to get power and water restored to our city. We are grateful for their leadership and tireless efforts.”

The Saints are preparing for the upcoming game in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area after the team evacuated on August 28. The team will travel to Jacksonville the day before the game.

Season Ticket Holders will receive access to tickets prior to a general on-sale for fans. More details on ticket sales timing and policies will be released on Thursday.

Week 1 Green Bay-New Orleans Game To Be Played in Jacksonville on Sunday, September 12

Due to the ongoing recovery efforts in New Orleans and the surrounding communities in the wake of Hurricane Ida, the New Orleans Saints Week 1 home game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, September 12 will be played at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, the NFL announced today.

The game will remain a 4:25 p.m. ET start and be broadcast on FOX.

The decision was made, in consultation with state and local officials and both clubs, in the interest of public safety.
Details on tickets and other specifics, including how fans can continue to help in the recovery effort, will be announced in the days ahead.


For Immediate Release:
September 1, 2021

The National Football League announced Wednesday that the New Orleans Saints opening game of the 2021 season against the Green Bay Packers will be played in Jacksonville, Florida at TIAA Bank Field, on Sunday, September 12 at 3:25 p.m. (CT). Pre-sale tickets for the contest go on sale Thursday, September 2, at 10:00 a.m. (CT).

The New Orleans Saints are working in conjunction with the Jacksonville Jaguars, ASM Global and Ticketmaster to ensure Saints fans have a presence at TIAA Bank Field. Tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster; the Jacksonville Jaguars’ official ticketing partner.

To purchase tickets, please visit Purchasing online is the most convenient and secure way to attend this game. We recognize that hundreds of thousands of New Orleans Saints fans are currently without reliable internet access due to Hurricane Ida, so there is an option to purchase tickets over the phone by calling the Jacksonville Jaguars general line: (904) 633-2000 Fans who are specifically interested in Premium Seating or Suite options for the game should also call the Jaguars ticket office.

Parking in Jaguars-controlled lots around TIAA Bank Field will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and cost $30 per vehicle. Additional game information, including gate times, will be communicated next week.

Please do not call the New Orleans Saints in an attempt to purchase tickets. The Saints are not handling the ticket sales for this game. All tickets will be sold through the Ticketmaster website or the Jacksonville Jaguars ticket office. You are strongly encouraged to purchase online if able through

• Presale for Saints season ticketholders begins at 10am CT on Thursday 9/2.
• Presale for Saints & Jaguars annual suiteholders also begins at 10am CT on Thursday 9/2.
• Presale for Saints priority waitlist begins at 6pm CT on Thursday 9/2.
• Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am CT on Friday 9/3.
• Suites will go on sale to single game suiteholders for both teams at 10am CT on Friday 9/3.
• Suites go on sale to the general public at 2pm CT on Friday 9/3.

We recognize that demand for this game will be very high. We cannot guarantee there will be inventory available for everyone who is interested in attending this game.

• For all inquiries related to ticket buying, please call the Jacksonville Jaguars general line: (904) 633-2000.
• For all inquiries related to refunds or credits for the game that was originally scheduled to be played at the Caesars Superdome, please call the New Orleans Saints general line: (504) 731-1700.
• For any issues related to the Ticketmaster website or app, please visit Ticketmaster’s customer service webpage at:

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