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Lafayette Mayor-President offers Saints to play at Cajun Field

Posted at 2:49 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-03 00:50:21-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory has offered the New Orleans Saints to play their home games at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

Guillory made the announcement on Facebook and Twitter saying that Cajun Field would be a great venue if New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell will not allow fans in the stands of the Superdome.

"I don't think it's that far of a stretch. Maybe its because I'm a football fan. I'm saying its very sad to look at these fans and no one is in the stands, they have to pump in crowd noise, it's not authentic" Guillory said.

He says WHO-DAT nation would fit in well among Cajun nation, but with COVID-19 guidelines in place.

"I bet there's a lot of people thinking how we can we get stands safely" Guillory said.

Guillory made the posts on his official campaign pages, which did attract some criticism. Some pointing out that in aftermath of hurricane Laura, LCG asked churches to halt establishing shelters, citing safety concerns amid armed protesters. We asked the mayor-president about that criticism.

"We're very proud of our response to hurricane Laura, very proud with our team work with Southwest Louisia. Were still working with SWLA, from our fire department, to LUS to non profits to private sector. Acadiana is known for our hospitality, that was never absent" Guillory said.

While Guillory hopes the Saints will consider Cajun field, he hopes the City of New Orleans will have a change of heart when it comes to fans in the Superdome.

"I'd love for saints to have fans in the super dome, it's a larger venue you can do it safely, we would love to offer recommendations to New Orleans local government to do that safely" Guillory said.

The Mayor-President says he spoke with UL President Dr. Savoie but a spokesperson for UL declined to comment.

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