If it wasn’t for bad luck, the city of New Orleans wouldn’t have any luck at all.
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The City of NOLA emergency preparedness campaign tweeted: “The @NOLAFireDept is responding to a fire at the @CaesarsDome. Please avoid the area near the dome.”
NOLA.com’s Jeff Duncan tweeted: “Doug Thornton, the VP of stadiums for ASM Global which manages the Superdome, tells me via text that the fire at the stadium started ‘in the gutter tub’ on the roof while workers were there pressure washing it and ‘is under control.’ NOFD is on the scene.”
The Saints were forced to evacuate New Orleans before Hurricane Ida made landfall more than three weeks ago as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained wins of 150 mph. At first, Payton moved his club to Texas, where Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threw open the front door to The Star for the Saints.
The Saints’ Week 1 home game against the Green Bay Packers was moved to Jacksonville, Fla. as New Orleans continued cleanup from the storm. Despite all the moving around, the Saints upset the Packers, 38-3.
The Saints then practiced at TCU’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas (riding out Tropical Storm Nicholas in the process) before heading to Carolina to face the Panthers on Sunday. New Orleans lost, 26-7.
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According to Pro Football Talk, Payton said the Saints are returning to train this week at Texas Christian University, before heading to New England to visit the Patriots in Week 3.
Assuming all goes according to plan, they’ll practice all week and then host the Giants in their first game at their stadium since losing to the Buccaneers in last year’s divisional round of the playoffs.
More than a week ago, New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell threw her support behind the idea of the Saints returning and said they should expect to play their Week 4 home game against the Giants at the Caesars Superdome.
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