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The New Orleans Saints are evacuating the city due to Hurricane Ida, and can even practice and play at AT&T Stadium.
The New Orleans Saints were ready to play their final game of the preseason Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals. But due to Hurricane Ida hitting the state of Louisiana, the game was eventually canceled after first moving the game earlier in the day. As it turns out, the Saints are taking extra precautions against the impending hurricane.
Per Jeff Duncan and Amie Just from NOLA.com, the Saints have made their plans known to players and staff, with hurricane strength and weather well on their way. They head to the Dallas-Fort Worth area Saturday afternoon before the hurricane hits the Louisiana coast Sunday afternoon.
Saints evacuate to Dallas in front of Hurricane Ida
Given that Ida must be a Category 4 hurricane, the team is prepared for a longer stay in Dallas. If they do, the Saints have a plan in place to practice at the AT&T Stadium, home of the Cowboys, per. Duncan and Just. The team is ready to stay in the area until Wednesday.
The Saints released a statement earlier in the day after canceling their final preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.
“At the request of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, NFL and New Orleans Saints announced Friday, Aug. 27, that due to the impending impact of Hurricane Ida on the Gulf Coast region, the team’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals has been canceled. The game, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, was moved to noon at Caesar’s Superdome. Due to the intensification of the hurricane during the day and following the recent tropical update, the team management has made the decision for the sake of all personnel who may have been directly and indirectly affected by the storm. ”
The Saints make the right call by playing it safe for everyone involved – including fans who would definitely come to the game.