Saints Cancel Fans For Opening Day

August 12th, 2020

It looks like Bucs fans might have to join Joe at the Big Storm Brewing Co. taproom in Clearwater if they want a festive atmosphere for opening day on Sept. 13.

The New Orleans Saints announced tonight that they have canceled fans for their much-awaited clash with the Bucs in the FOX afternoon prime time slot at 4:25 p.m.

Joe is sad for the many Bucs fans who planned to make the trip, but Joe’s happy for the Saints losing a piece of their vaunted home field advantage. Joe’s also happy that Jameis Winston won’t have to hear a bunch of Bucs fans scream at him that he sucks, along with other assorted insults.

In an official report on their website, the Saints cited “the health and safety of our fans, our employees, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome staff and all of the coaches and players,” as the over-riding factor pulling the fan plug on opening day.

Bring on the fake crowd noise and, hopefully, lots of mic’d up players and coaches.

30 Responses to “Saints Cancel Fans For Opening Day”

  1. Hank Rearden Says:

    Always loved this picture….if only 6’6″ Josh Franchise had little Drew’s “heart”.

  2. stpetebucsfan Says:

    The NHL of course is doing their playoffs in the bubble in Toronto…sometimes fake noise..other times not as much.

    This does not bother me at all. The playoff game last night for the Lightning was historic in terms of length and excitement. The lack of fans is not hurting the hockey competitive intensity at all.

    I think the NFL will have the same experience as the NFL. In sports with lots of violence and hitting…frequently gratuitously…it’s not hard for guys to stay jacked up…crowd or not. Maybe a last heroic moment on a goalline stand that decides a game…absence of a crowd could hurt..overall I don’t think it will make any significant difference.

    To steal the line…”I’m ready for sum football!” Crowds or not.

  3. BucsFanForever Says:

    Saints press release says this: While state numbers are trending in the right direction, further mitigation of cases is needed and a reduced infection rate is required for the team to welcome back its fans. While there is a strong desire to see Saints fans back in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, local and state leadership are clear in their communications that significant improvement is required for that to occur.

    Not sure what the required infection rate is. We can say about Florida that numbers of infections have only within the past week trended in the right direction, with the number of new cases in the 4,000 – 6,000 daily range. Louisiana has been averaging about 2,000 new cases per day recently, with a state population of 4.6 million. Florida has 21.4 million people. Louisiana has a statewide mask mandate.

  4. D1 Says:

    Failed mathematics ^

  5. SOEbuc Says:

    In the Superdome for that game. That’s awesome for us.

  6. DBS Says:

    I root for the team not the fans. I did not miss any of the Bolts game last night and was just as excited about the game without fans. Could also be because I pay attention to the game. I couldn’t care any less about the fans being there. I ca do the same for the Bucs.

  7. I seem to remember Says:

    How stinking sad for us Buc fans. We FINALLY get a QB worth a damn… beyond worth a damn the BEST QB in the history of the NFL and we get closed out from going to the games! DAMN Damn Damn

  8. Oneilbucs Says:

    Hank again how many times are we going to keep blaming evey quarterback . This is the problem I have with this fan base yall always look for a scapegoat in stead of blaming the organization by firing coaches and bring in guys that don’t want to coach the quarterback or building the team the right way . I Raheem Moories back he was the last coach that got us 10 wins we should have kept him .

  9. VABucsfan Says:


    That 2010 winning season was the biggest facade! The only winning team we beat that year was the Saints week 17, and they had sat their starters after the 1st half. Don’t let that 10-6 record fool you!

  10. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Won’t be long before the Bucs announce the home opener against CAR will have no fans.

  11. Sarasota Garey Says:

    I heard somewhere that the Saints scored more points on the road, then they did at home last year.

  12. BucsFanForever Says:

    I seem to remember – how true, we get the GOAT at QB, and all-pro quality receivers and a new running back…and we can only see them on TV. The blame rests squarely with we Floridians. After the lockdown, mask wearing was the exception rather than the norm, and social distancing was routinely violated. What did it get us? We’re neck and neck with CA and TX on the infections list.

    For the last 3 days Hillsborough has had 144, 269 and 199 new cases. Pinellas has had 71, 158 and 126 new cases. Better than July but still not good enough. Dade County is still running over a thousand per day.

  13. Joe Says:

    That 2010 winning season was the biggest facade! The only winning team we beat that year was the Saints week 17, and they had sat their starters after the 1st half. Don’t let that 10-6 record fool you!

    What’s there to fool? What was the number in the win column? Joe wasn’t aware the NFL was gymnastics and you awarded the dancer style points.

  14. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Literally 1/4 of this comment section at any given time is nothing but WAAAAAA WAAAAA JAMEIS WAS TREATED UNFAIRLY WAAAAA.

    God get a room with him or something, or better yet go tell saints fans now great he is see what the response is.

  15. VABucsfan Says:


    I was responding to O’Neilbucs who said we should’ve kept Raheem for that 10 win season.

  16. NDog is an idiot Says:

    Shhhh! NDog,Clean House and JayMiss are involved in a threesome as we speak!!! Shhhh! NDog and Clean House are getting themselves Some!!!

  17. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Joe says, “Joe’s also happy that Jameis Winston won’t have to hear a bunch of Bucs fans scream at him that he sucks, along with other assorted insults.”

    Sometimes I wonder Joe if you are sad the Bucs replaced Jameis with Brady. The contrast between your description of both quarterbacks tell all:

    Joe’s description of Jameis – “Mr. Entertainment, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston”

    Joe’s description of Brady – “Park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Brady”

  18. SB Says:

    ONeil……….You still haven’t answered my Simple question.

    WHY did 31 other teams pass on JW in FA?

    Many many other questions but that one. Yeah that one is paramount.

  19. SOEbuc Says:

    Don’t cancel the season and refund all tickets. Don’t be an idiot and think this isn’t happening. We’re 8-0 and the season gets cancelled.

  20. Oneilbucs Says:

    SB the same way no one wanted Brady but us .

  21. stpetebucsfan Says:

    This is one time when having a Dome is not a good deal. 75,000 fans indoors is exponentially more dangerous than 75,000 fans in an outdoor stadium.

  22. Bill Says:

    Um, Onielbucs, pretty sure Brady picked where he wanted to go. Other teams with shaky QB situations wanted him, he did not want them.

  23. SB Says:

    Is that what you are going with? Tom Brady got a starting Job. Gardner Minshew got a starting Job. 38 yr old Phillip Rivers got a starting Job. So did Teddy Bridgewater.

    WHY NOT JW3?????

    Oh wait ….I meant JW2 now.

  24. SB Says:


    Why did Not Even the Chargers want JW2? over the Legend that is Tyrod Taylor?

  25. SB Says:

    Cam has a chance to beat out Jarrett Stidham

  26. ModHairKen Says:

    Well, then they might as well play at a high school stadium in NO. At least they’d have grass.

  27. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    No fans in New Orleans? Awesome! A silver lining to the Rona.

  28. Todd Says:

    I wonder how many ginormous big screen TV’s Best Buy will sell countrywide this football season?

  29. Oneilbucs Says:

    Bill that’s not true no other team wanted Brady but us and that’s why he is here . Go back and see who wanted Brady you will find out that the Charges were entertaining the idea because of tickets sales but that’s about it and they said no . The Colts chose Rivers over Brady as well . Brady was not treated like Payton Manning because Brady is 43 years old . That’s why I don’t want him because when his arm goes out and that could be this year or even next year .

  30. Mrs. Entertainment Says:

    Let’s enjoy the moment. Live for today and today’s season with TB12.