The New Orleans Saints and the family of Will Smith will host a visitation for guests wishing to pay their final respects to Will Smith on Friday, April 15 at the Saints facility.
Need to know:
Saints' indoor practice facility located at 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie
Parking is free in available parking lots at the Saints complex, with courtesy overflow parking being held at the adjacent New Orleans Zephyrs parking lots. Guests planning on attending will see clearly marked signs directing both traffic flow and pedestrian traffic, as well as Saints' employees assisting those with questions.
Details on the event:
*Guest lines will be clearly marked and will form along the back fence of the Saints property behind the Pelicans Training Facility and proceed into the South Entrance of the Saints Indoor Practice Facility to pass and view the casket.
*There will not be a ceremony or any funeral service elements during this time. There will be a celebration of Will Smith's life both on and off the field presented through photographs and video.
What if it rains?
In the event of inclement weather, guest should be prepared to wait outside of the facility prior to entering.
How can I show support if I am unable to attend the visitation?
There is an opportunity to make a contribution to honor Will's community efforts through the Where There's A Will, There's A Way Foundation by visiting https://www.fanangel.com/campaigns/60. The Foundation started by Will and Racquel Smith is dedicated to guiding children to strive and achieve greatness through motivational and educational platforms.
The Saints will provide fans an opportunity to share their thoughts, memories and prayers for the Smith family - tweet to @Saints or comment below this article. These will be collected and presented to the Smith Family.
When is the funeral?
A private family burial and funeral service will take place on Saturday.
Saints fans created a memorial for Will Smith at the scene of his death. Photos by Ashley Amoss.