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Saints Gameday Guide 2019: Week 1 vs. Texans

Helpful tips and information for New Orleans season opener against Houston


The New Orleans Saints will open the 2019 season at home when they host the Houston Texans on Monday night at 6:10 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

In the NFL's 100th season, the contest will kick off Monday Night Football's 50th season with the first 6:10 central home start for New Orleans in franchise history. Since the Texans entered the NFL in 2002, regular season meetings between the two teams have come only four times within the schedule rotation with each team capturing their home contests. The Texans captured the last meeting 24-6 in Houston on November 29, 2015. However, the Black and Gold are a completely different team in 2019 than in that last meeting when they were in the midst of three consecutive 7-9 seasons. Houston enters the opening contest looking to build on an 11-5 season in 2018, where they captured the AFC South.


Fans can catch the action on ESPN (WDSU-6 locally) with Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Anthony McFarland (color analyst) and Lisa Salters (sideline). The game will air on local radio's WWL-870 AM and 105.3 FM with Zach Strief (play-by-play), Deuce McAllister (color analyst) and Steve Geller (sideline) as well as nationally on Westwood One with Ian Eagle (play-by-play), James Lofton (color analyst) and Olivia Dekker (sideline). For Spanish language radio, tune in to KGLA 830 AM and 105.7 FM with Mario Jerez (play-by-play), Juan Carlos Ramos (color analyst) and Victor Quinonez (sideline).

Fans can also catch replays of every play, of every game, all year long, including the playoffs and Super Bowl with NFL Game Pass. CLICK HERE for details on a FREE TRIAL.


Watch the Saints on the go this season via the Yahoo Sports or Saints app, free on your phone or tablet. *Geographic and device restrictions apply. Local & primetime games only. Data charges may apply. WAYS TO WATCH SAINTS GAMES


NFL ticketing policies will prohibit printed PDF tickets from being accepted for entry into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Season ticket holders will continue to receive their commemorative paper tickets in the mail, as usual. Ticket holders who choose to use their commemorative paper tickets for entry will be allowed. However, fans will no longer be able send PDF (Portable Document Format) tickets via email. Ticket Holders can download the Saints mobile app or the SeatGeek app in order to resell or transfer tickets to another account. Saints App (Apple/Android)

Fans choosing to sell and forward their tickets to others should be aware of the changes to the NFL's ticket distribution policy. Fans who buy tickets on the secondary market, via NFL-approved secondary markets, should also note the changes on how to obtain and use their tickets.

All NFL teams, including the Saints, have been required to eliminate PDF tickets. Mobile tickets offer a safe, convenient and flexible way for fans to sell, send and manage their tickets. Mobile ticketing also protects the integrity of tickets, improving protection against fraud and counterfeit tickets, and allows ticket holders to access their tickets from their smartphones, thereby allowing phones to serve as a replacement for paper ticket(s). The ticket's mobile barcode is then scanned at the gate for entry.

Don't have a smartphone? Not a problem. Fans are encouraged to contact a member of our customer service department at (504) 731-1700 for assistance.

Ticket holders looking for more information on the new NFL policy, please visit


The Saints would like to make fans aware of the following bag policy throughout the 2019 season that will be effective for all Saints home games. NFL security states that the League will no longer allow admittance of fans with clear backpacks, cinch bags or fanny packs into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.


Be a part of the pregame show this season! Exclusively on the Saints Mobile App, fans can Light Up the Dome presented by SeatGeek during player introductions. Activate the feature on your mobile device and participate in a synchronized light show with your fellow Saints fans.

In order to participate, fans will need to have the most up-to-date version of the Saints Mobile App and grant permission for the app to use their microphone, as the light show is activated by the in-arena audio. Fans are encouraged to download the Saints app prior to entering the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and have their phones open and ready prior to introductions. Click here for further instructions.


Get your game face on and join us in Champions Square, Club XLIV, and Opening Act before the Saints kick off in the Dome. It's free and open to the public three hours before every Saints home game. Your Champions Square experience will include live entertainment, frosty drinks and delicious food. Click here for more information about Game Days at Champions Square. NOTE: Outside beverages will not be permitted into Champions Square on Saints Game Days.

Club XLIV is an indoor lounge featuring high-end furnishings, flat screen televisions and a premium bar and is conveniently located next to the stage in Champions Square. Opening Act, adjacent to the Square, is an additional option for your Saints game day experience that offers tasty food for purchase. It's a great spot to have a drink and watch NFL pregame shows!

In addition to the great food and beverage offerings available for purchase throughout the Square, popular food trucks will also be on-site. Live entertainment will also return to Champions Square to get fans ready to cheer on the Saints.


Due to increased security measures at all NFL stadiums, vehicles parking in certain areas of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome parking garages will now be subject to security screenings at every home game. Enhanced vehicle screening will consist of an EOD canine sweep. Only vehicles parking within close proximity to the stadium will be subject to the enhanced EOD canine search. This would include guests who are parking in the A or B lanes of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. CLICK HERE for more parking and traffic information.

Want the latest up-to-the-minute traffic alerts on your way to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome? GoAuto has joined the Saints to make your gameday commute a breeze. Simple download the Saints app presented by Verizon and turn on Gameday Traffic Alerts to receive notifications straight to your phone.


As mandated by the NFL, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome uses walk-through metal detectors during Saints games at all entry gates to enhance safety and security.

The NFL "clear bag" policy remains the same. All bags, including diaper bags, are prohibited other than clear vinyl bags no larger than 12" X 12" X 6" or a One-Gallon Ziploc bag (limit 1 of either). Small clutch bags no larger than 6.5" wide X 4.5" high, with or without a handle or strap, may be taken into the stadium in addition to one of the clear bags. Click here for an information sheet with details on the "All Clear" bag policy.

Fans are also encouraged to review additional stadium information and policies before arriving at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

50/50 RAFFLE:

Fans will have a chance to participate in our 50/50 raffle two (2) hours prior to kickoff through the third quarter. Proceeds from Monday's raffle will benefit the LHSAA. CLICK HERE for details on ticket prices and winning numbers.


Saints legend Pat Swilling will be available to sign autographs inside the Saints Hall of Fame from 4-5:20 p.m. Robert Meachem will also be available from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Verizon Fan Zone on the Plaza Level Gate G.

Fans with Club Level tickets may also visit with Sammy Knight in the Southeast Loge Club/Iberville Lounge from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Tracy Porter in the Northwest Loge Club/St. Charles Lounge from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


The featured item of the game will be items from the NFL 100 Collection available at the Saints Pro Shop outside of Sections 107 and 109.


Enhance your gameday experience while watching from home with advanced game stats, play-by-play, video highlights, live pregame and postgame reactions + more! DOWNLOAD SAINTS APP


Saints ticket and travel packages are now on sale through PRIMESPORT, the Official Fan Travel Partner of the New Orleans Saints. Pregame field passes are also available for home games. VIEW FAN PACKAGES

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