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NFL Franchise Notes: Saints planning on Week 4 return to Superdome

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said that the Saints should "be able to play their Week 4 game against the Giants in the Caesars Superdome in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida." The Saints will open the season Sunday against the Packers in Jacksonville. Coach Sean Payton said that he "expects to return to the Dallas-Fort Worth area after Sunday's game and practice at TCU in preparation for" the Saints' Week 2 matchup at the Panthers. It is "quite possible the Saints can return to their practice facility in Metairie, La., after the Panthers game" (, 9/8).

A JUMP FROM JULIO? Titans Senior VP and Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer Gil Beverly yesterday said that "ticket demand this season has been 'really strong.'" Beverly stopped short of giving official numbers, saying that the franchise will not "announce them until games start." In Nashville, Ben Arthur notes as of early August, the Titans' ticket sales had "been up 130% since the team's acquisition of star wide receiver Julio Jones." Beverly said, "This is clearly far and away the strongest in three years I've been here" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 9/9).

TEXANS' NEW TECH: In Houston, Brooks Kubena notes the Texans' NRG Stadium this season includes "new technology features," such as the stadium’s “'mixed reality' feature, which mixes graphics with live camera feeds." In a display, smoke "plumed from a video stream of the football field while a digital lightning battle unfolded between Texans-themed bulls and a giant Buccaneers logo." Texans President Greg Grissom said that the Texans are "the first and only NFL team to use the feature on its video boards." When the Texans run onto the field for its season opener against the Jaguars on Sunday, they will "run through a blue and red tunnel that features a giant animatronic bull head nicknamed 'El Bravo.'” The bull head "breathes smoke and fire" and is 50% "larger than the ones the franchise has used before" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/9).

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