Packers-Saints game to be played in Jacksonville, direct flight offered out of Appleton for fans
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Sept. 12 Green Bay Packers-New Orleans Saints game will be played at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.
The NFL says the decision was made in consultation with state and local officials and both teams.
“Due to the ongoing recovery efforts in New Orleans and the surrounding communities in the wake of Hurricane Ida, the New Orleans Saints Week 1 home game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, September 12 will be played at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida,” reads a statement from the NFL.
Kickoff will stay at 3:25 p.m. CT.
Late Wednesday afternoon, officials at the Appleton International Airport announced its Allegiant direct flight previously scheduled to arrive at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to New Orleans will change to Jacksonville International Airport in order to align with the game change.
Airport officials say the special flight between the airports is scheduled to leave on Friday, September 10 and return on Monday, September 13.
According to airport officials, fans who were scheduled to fly on that flight have been notified of the change from Allegiant.
Anyone who wants to travel on the rescheduled flight won’t need to take any action, and their itineraries will automatically update. Those who don’t want to travel on the rescheduled flight will have the option to decline and receive a full credit voucher or refund, according to airport officials.
The Jacksonville Jaguars play on the road that week.
New Orleans is unable to host the game after Hurricane Ida. The Saints evacuated the city prior to the storm. They’ve been practicing at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he had discussed with the NFL hosting the game, but a concert conflicted with those plans.
Reporters Jeff Duncan and Amie Just broke the news of the Jacksonville move Wednesday morning in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
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