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Saints host inaugural Bayou Blitz presented by McDonald's

Flag Football event to be held Saturday, April 9; Registration for adult tournament opens Monday, Feb. 1

The New Orleans Saints will host the inaugural Bayou Blitz presented by McDonald's on Saturday, April 9 at the team's practice facility (5800 Airline Drive, Metairie). The adult 5-on-5 flag football tournament will be open to 24 teams across two divisions: the male division and a co-ed division. Registration opens on Monday, Feb. 1 and all information can be found at http://www.neworleanssaints.com/fan-zone/bayou-blitz-adult-flag-football-tournament.html. Champions of each division will receive a personalized plaque, championship hats and will be recognized at a 2016 Saints home preseason game and a portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Orleans.

Each division will be open to 12 teams and registration is first-come, first-serve. The registration fee per team is $250 and all participants must be at least 18 years old. All rosters must have at least eight players and no more than 10 players. Co-ed teams must have three females on their respective rosters and two females on the field at all times. All participants will receive an official tournament t-shirt and a participant gift bag that includes special offers and items.

Games will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9. The games are two 15-minute halves with a running clock and will include a five-minute halftime. Teams will be placed into pools and will play each team in its pool in the morning. In the afternoon, the playoff, single-elimination bracket will begin.

Additional information, FAQs and registration forms can be found http://www.neworleanssaints.com/fan-zone/bayou-blitz-adult-flag-football-tournament.html. All registration forms must be postmarked by March 11, 2016. Team spaces are limited and are on a first-come, first served basis. In the event a team's requested division is sold out prior to receipt of entry form, the team captain will be notified of availability in other divisions. One representative from each team will be required to attend a Kickoff Party on Thursday, April 7 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., however, all participants are welcome to attend. More details about the Kickoff Party will be available closer to the event date.

*Media interested in more information, interviews regarding the tournament and event coverage can contact Lindsey Mitchell at 504.593.4830 or via email at Lindsey.Mitchell@saints.nfl.com.  *

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