Orsborn: Saints' contingency plans include San Antonio

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    NEW: Saints' contingency plans include San Antonio

    [size=-1]Web Posted: 08/29/2005 04:55 PM CDT [/size]

    [size=-1]Tom Orsborn
    Express-News Staff Writer

    The Alamodome will keep Sept. 18 vacant should the New Orleans Saints decide to move their home opener against the New York Giants to San Antonio, a city official said today.

    “We would love to have them,” Alamodome director Mike Abington said. “We certainly don’t wish them the misfortune that would force them to come here. But if that is the case, we would love to have them and a lot of our citizens would love to watch them.”

    San Antonio has never hosted a regular-season NFL game.

    Saints officials called Abington after learning Hurricane Katrina had ripped two holes in the curved roof of the Louisiana Superdome, the Saints home.

    Each hole measured about 15 to 20 feet long and 4 to 5 feet wide, Superdome and government emergency officials estimated.

    The Saints flew to San Jose on Sunday to prepare for their Thursday night preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.

    Abington said the Saints official said the team plans to practice next week in Charlotte, N.C., where the club will open the regular season on Sept. 11 against the Carolina Panthers.

    The Saints practiced in San Antonio for three days last September after fleeing New Orleans ahead of Hurricane Ivan.

    Saints owner Tom Benson, a New Orleans native, was once one of San Antonio’s biggest car dealers. He still owns a ranch in the Hill Country and often attends Mass at the University of the Incarnate Word.

    In addition to speaking to Abington, the Saints also called the Marriott Rivercenter to ask about availability.


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