The Saints have been playing football in the Big Easy since the franchise’s inauguration in 1967. The franchise got off to a very slow start, finishing below .500 in all but a couple of its first 20 seasons in existence. All of that changed when current owner Tom Benson purchased the franchise in 1985 and hired Jim Mora as the team’s head coach. Under Mora, the Saints posted their first winning season in history in 1987 and subsequently made its first ever playoff appearance. Mora’s Saints were a consistent threat through the end of his tenure midway through the 1996 season. In 2006, with Sean Payton taking the reigns at head coach, the Saints once again became an NFL powerhouse. In 2009 Payton’s gutsy play calling was influential in the Saints’ Super Bowl victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Four players officially have had their numbers retired by the Saints: Jim Taylor (31); Doug Atkins (81); Sam Mills (51) and Rickey Jackson (57). Though those numbers are retired, active players are still permitted to wear them on their jerseys. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for New Orleans Saints tickets.
2016 Saints Season Preview
The New Orleans Saints finished just shy of winning the NFC South division in 2014, with the Carolina Panthers taking the division with a 7-8-1 record, a tie better than the Saints 7-9. While the stalwart of the Saints success over the last decade has been their high scoring offense, the team will have to operate without superstar tight end Jimmy Graham, who is not on the Saints 2015 roster. New Orleans did look to improve their offense for 2015, by adding depth to their offensive line with the addition of 1st round draft pick Andrus Peat. On defense, the key to the Saints success will once again be hard hitting safety Kenny Vaccaro. To give Vaccaro and company help, New Orleans signed pass rush specialist Anthony Spencer, and drafted talented linebackers Stephone Anthony, and Hau’Oli Kikaha. No division in football might be as wide open as the NFC South, with the Panthers, Saints and Falcons all having legitimate shots to win the division in 2015. Expect the Saints to have an improved defense in 2015, and for them to be in the playoff hunt late in the season. Top Saints non-division games for the Saints in 2015 will be at home against the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, and on the road against the Indianapolis Colts.
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New Orleans Saints Football at Mercedes-Benz Superdome Address: 1500 Poydras St, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112
The Saints play their home games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Superdome has been the home of the Saints since 1974, and has a capacity of more than 72,000. The Superdome is known for much more than just being the home of the Saints. In addition to hosting the Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four and the Sugar Bowl, the Superdome was used as a shelter for victims displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The New Orleans Saints home bench is on the sideline of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with sections 135-149. Mercedes-Benz Superdome parking information is covered in our Saints event guide.
The oldest rivalry by far in the NFC South, these two teams have faced off against each other more than 85 times. This matchup has been showcased on Monday Night Football six times with the most notable game being played in the first home game for the Saints after Hurricane Katrina. To intensify this rivalry, in recent seasons, the division usually comes down to one of these two teams.
A rivalry that dates back to the late 1970’s, the Saints have dominated Tampa Bay over their 40+ times they have faced each other. The two teams began playing each other on a yearly basis in 2002 when the NFL formed the NFC South. New Orleans and Tampa Bay have both won a Super Bowl since the start of the 2000’s, a feat that no other team in their division has accomplished.
Saints vs. Cowboys
These two teams may not be in the same division, but being neighboring states, it is only natural for New Orleans and Dallas to be rivals. This matchup dates back to the late 1960’s with the Cowboys leading the all-time series, but the Saints have come out on the winning end more times in recent years.
New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl, NFC Championship and NFL Playoffs
The Saints have transformed themselves into one of the better franchises in the National Football League over the last 10+ years. New Orleans has made the playoffs multiple times since the start of 2000, highlighted with a Super Bowl Championship in 2009 that catapulted them into rare company as one of 18 NFL franchises to win a Super Bowl.
New Orleans Saints Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Saints game?
Gates open at the Superdome two hours before kickoff.
How can I buy cheap New Orleans Saints tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of New Orleans Saints tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Saints tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee NFC opponents, like the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for, non-conference or non-divisional opponents. Those games may offer best opportunity to purchase New Orleans Saints tickets near face value.
Where are good places to eat before a Saints game?
New Orleans is known for having unbelievable food. There are dozens of great Cajun food restaurants in the area. Of the many to choose from we recommend Cochon, Cajun Mikes Pub n’ Grub, and Eat. Johnny White’s Sports Bar, Mississippi River Bottom, and Barcadia are three great sports bars in the area. If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience, check out Restaurant August, Restaurant R’evolution, or Stella!. Capdeville and Root are two trendier options that will be sure to satisfy all of the foodies out there. For great pizza try Reginelli’s Pizzeria, Slice Pizzeria, or Angeli on Decatur. Other good places in the area are Luke, GW Fins, and Horinoya.
Where can I find the 2016-2017 New Orleans Saints football schedule?
The Saints 2016-2017 football schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the NFL. The Saints plays in the NFC South, which means games against the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Game times are announced by the NFL as soon as the TV schedule is set. New Orleans Saints home opener is typically one of the most popular games. If you are looking for Saints news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official New Orleans Saints team roster.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
Children five years old and younger do not require New Orleans Saints tickets to go to a Saints game, but must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap for the duration of the game.
What’s the best way to get to the Superdome?
We suggest taking a cab to/from your hotel if you are staying in New Orleans. It may seem close, but it’s quite a walk from the French Quarter.
Where is the best place to park at the Superdome?
Parking at the Superdome is pretty simple. To the west of the stadium are two large parking garages in-between Dave Dixon Road and Sugar Bowl Drive. To the east of the stadium are two other large parking garages in-between the same streets, separated by the Grand Staircase. These four parking garages offer the most convenient, and most available parking in the area. A fifth parking garage is located just to the south of Dave Dixon Road at the corner of Lasalle Street. There are also some open air parking lots on the south side of Dave Dixon Road, and West side of W. Stadium Drive.
Can I buy New Orleans Saints football season tickets?
New Orleans Saints season tickets are available to buy until kickoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase New Orleans Saints season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at the Superdome.