New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They are currently champions of the Southern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL).
Founded in 1967, the Saints have struggled throughout their history. They went more than a decade before they managed to finish a season with a .500 record and two decades before having a winning season. Their greatest years of success were from 1987-1992, when they made the playoffs four times. In the 2000 season, the Saints defeated the then defending Super-Bowl champion St. Louis Rams in dramatic fashion for the team's first playoff win.
The Saints' home stadium is the Louisiana Superdome. But after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans on August 29, 2005 and caused extensive damage to the Superdome, the Saints were not able to play any home games there for the entire 2005 NFL season.
In January 2006, it was announced that the Saints will likely play all eight home games at the Superdome. On September 19, Saints owner Tom Benson announced that the team had sold out the Superdome for the entire season with season tickets alone, a first in franchise history.
The September 25, 2006 home opener, the first home game in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, was won by the Saints 23-3 against the Atlanta Falcons, who were undefeated in the 2006/07 season at that time. The attendance for the game was a sell-out crowd of 70,003. Meanwhile, the broadcast of the game was ESPN's highest-ever rated program to date, with an 11.8 rating, and viewership by 10,850,000 homes. It was the most-watched program for the night, broadcast or cable, and was the second-highest rated cable program of all time.
Performances by U2, Green Day and the Goo Goo Dolls opened the game.