September 13, 2005

Saints find temporary homes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New Orleans Saints will split
their final seven home games of the season between San Antonio
and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the NFL announced on Monday.

Left homeless after Hurricane Katrina roared through New
Orleans devastating the city and severely damaging the
Superdome, the Saints will play their scheduled home opener
next week against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, New

They will then play two games at the Alamodome in San

The Saints will then return to Louisiana and play four
games at Louisiana State University's Tiger Stadium before
closing out the regular season hosting the Detroit Lions back
at the Alamodome.

"We had an excellent meeting this morning and quickly
developed a consensus," said NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue
said in a statement.

"The first was to continue to give priority to the needs of

the region and the second to the scheduling of Saints games

a way that made sense under the total circumstances.

"We also appreciate the cooperation of the Alamodome
officials and the hospitality of the people of San Antonio for
their support of the Saints at this difficult time."

The Saints won their season-opener on Sunday, 23-20 over
the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C.