The New Orleans Saints and the community will celebrate the National Football League's 100th season with a series of special events, initiatives, innovative programming, and prizes during Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season. Presented by Community Coffee, Fantennial Weekend will bring together fans to showcase the powerful and unique role football plays in uniting and inspiring our community.
"The Fantennial Weekend is a chance for our fans and our city to come together and celebrate the 100th NFL season," said Dennis Lauscha, New Orleans Saints President. "As Mrs. Benson always says, our fans and team are family and we look forward to celebrating this milestone together."
"The 100th NFL season is extra special for Community Coffee as we are also celebrating our centennial year," said David Belanger, President and CEO of Community Coffee. "Community Coffee is proud to sponsor the Fantennial Weekend in celebration of great coffee, great football, and the amazing fans who support both. We are excited for this weekend of all things football, community, and fans and we look forward to the next 100 years for both organizations."
The weekend festivities will start on Friday, September 27 with four local high school football games. Each match-up will have Saints representatives incorporated into each game, via coin-tosses, game ball presentations and Honorary Captains. Saints Owner Gayle Benson, Saints Legends, Saintsations and current Saints Players are among the special guests.
Prior to the Friday Night Lights match-ups, the Saintsations are holding a private practice with the Dominican Debs and Jesuit Jayettes at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center and Saints Center Will Clapp will be heading to his Alma Mater Brother Martin, to help the football team prepare for their match-up against rival Jesuit High School.
- Game 1: Brother Martin vs. Jesuit @ Tad Gormley
- Game 2: John Ehret vs. West Jefferson @ Hoss Memtas
- Game 3: Country Day vs. Newman @ Yulman Stadium
- Game 4: Landry-Walker vs. Walker @ Walker High School
On Saturday, September 28, the Saints and the community are putting an emphasis on city beautification efforts, homelessness and food insecurities. Each event is currently at capacity for additional volunteers, but we encourage fans to volunteer in their own community for 100 minutes and share their experiences using the following hashtags on social media, #NFLHuddleFor100 and #SaintsHuddlefor100.
Fans are also invited to attend Gleason Gras in Champion's Square at 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., where one lucky fan will be presented a once in a lifetime opportunity. The evening will include special appearances from Saints mascots, Saintsations, current Saints players, the Lombardi trophy and much more. Ticketing information for Gleason Gras can be found here.
On Sunday, Sept. 29, the Saints take on the Dallas Cowboys in a week 4 match-up on Sunday Night football (NBC) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 7:20 p.m. CT. Local high school band St. Amant will be entertaining fans at halftime and there will be multiple Saints Legends appearances throughout the game.