Saints work toward 2020 season

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(Photo; Parker Waters)

With the metro area hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell recommended Tuesday that large area festival be avoided until 2021 but she did not know how that affected the Saints’ upcoming season. In response, the Saints released a statement Wednesday that they want to do “everything in their power” to have a season as normally planned.

“We are preparing to play and we are being very proactive in working with healthcare professionals, our medical staff and both the NBA and NFL,” the statement from Greg Bensel of Saints and Pelicans media relations said. “In addition, we are in constant contact with local and state government. When we return this season, our highest priority will be health and safety of our fans, staff, players and coaches. It is what we need to do and are doing relative to planning to play and we will be ready.

“And considering the economic and cultural significance of the Saints, we are working to do everything in our power to make it work. It’s too important for our city.”

The NFL has not released the 2020 schedule for preseason or the regular season yet but the Saints would normally have two preseason home games followed by eight regular season host dates in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

As for the New Orleans Pelicans, the current NBA season has been halted since mid-March due to the pandemic. No plans are set for a return to play.

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