Arlington, Texas - The New Orleans Saints are conducting practice at AT&T Stadium this week after the major evacuation ahead of Hurricane Ida.
Ida devastated the Louisiana coast on Sunday, with the New Orleans area taking the brunt of its damage. As of Monday afternoon, 960,000 are said to be without power in the region.
According to Star-Telegram, Saints coach Sean Payton contacted the Cowboys about using AT&T Stadium several days in advance of the storm’s landfall. Cowboys’ officials are engaged in ongoing discussions about possibly hosting the Saints opener, which is scheduled for Sept. 12.
The Saints conducted practice in Arlington on Monday, and will again on today and Wednesday before reevaluating the situation. Payton indicated that returning to the team’s practice facility in Metairie, Louisiana, later this week is unlikely.
AT&T upcoming event lineup currently includes:
All-State Kickoff Classic on Sept. 4
Los Bukis Concert on Sept. 15
Southwest Classic (Arkansas & Texas A&M) on Sept. 25
Arlington Cowboys Vs Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 27
AT&T Stadium would be an option for the NFL if New Orleans isn’t prepared to host the season opener on Sept. 12.
Note: New Orleans Saints have donated an initial contribution of $1 million towards relief effort.