New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints
Current season
Established November 1, 1966 (November 1, 1966)[1]
First season: 1967
Play in Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
Headquartered in Metairie, Louisiana
New Orleans Saints logo
New Orleans Saints wordmark
League/conference affiliations

National Football League (1967–present)

Current uniform
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Team colorsOld gold, black, white[2][3]
Fight song"When the Saints Go Marching In"
MascotGumbo, Sir Saint
Owner(s)Gayle Benson[4][5]
PresidentDennis Lauscha
Head coachSean Payton
General managerMickey Loomis
Team history
  • New Orleans Saints (1967–present)
Team nicknames
  • The Black and Gold
  • The Dome Patrol
  • The Bless You Boys
  • The Who Dats
League championships (1)
Conference championships (1)
Division championships (9)
Playoff appearances (14)
Home fields

Temporary stadiums in 2005 due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina:

New Orleans Saints Headquarters and Practice Facility

The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans. The Saints compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) South division. Since 1975, the team plays its home games at Mercedes-Benz Superdome[6][7] (formerly the Louisiana Superdome) after utilizing Tulane Stadium during its first eight seasons. Founded by John W. Mecom Jr., David Dixon, and the city of New Orleans on November 1, 1966,[8][9][10] the Saints joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1967. They are named after the jazz music heritage of New Orleans and the spiritual hymn "When the Saints Go Marching In".

The Saints were among the NFL's least successful franchises in their first several decades, where they went 20 consecutive seasons without a winning record or qualifying for the playoffs. They earned their first winning record and postseason berth in 1987, while their first playoff win would not occur until 2000, their 34th season. The team's fortunes improved amid the 21st century, which saw them become more consistent postseason contenders. Their greatest success to date came in the 2009 season, when they won Super Bowl XLIV, the team's first Super Bowl appearance. The Saints are one of two NFL franchises to win their sole Super Bowl appearance, along with the New York Jets, and the most recent to do so.

  1. ^ "Key Moments in Saints History". NFL Enterprises, LLC. Archived from the original on May 5, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Staff Directory" (PDF). 2020 New Orleans Saints Media Guide. NFL Enterprises, LLC. July 30, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 22, 2020. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "New Orleans Saints Team Capsule". 2020 Official National Football League Record and Fact Book. NFL Enterprises, LLC. July 17, 2020. Archived from the original on August 19, 2020. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "A message from Owner Gayle Benson to Saints fans". NFL Enterprises, LLC. March 16, 2018. Archived from the original on September 6, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Gayle Benson: I will own, operate Saints for the rest of my life". NFL Enterprises, LLC. April 12, 2018. Archived from the original on September 6, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Governor Jindal & Saints Announce New Superdome Name to be "Mercedes-Benz Superdome"". (Press release). NFL Enterprises, LLC. October 4, 2011. Archived from the original on June 30, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  7. ^ Woodyard, Chris (October 4, 2011). "Mercedes-Benz buys naming rights to New Orleans' Superdome". USA Today. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Franchise nicknames". Pro Football Hall of Fame. January 1, 2005. Archived from the original on November 23, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2016. The name Saints was the popular choice in a fan contest staged by the New Orleans States-Item. However, with or without the contest, the New Orleans team would most likely have been called the Saints. The franchise was awarded on All Saints Day, November 1, 1966. New Orleans was famous worldwide as the city of jazz and the famous marching song, 'When the Saints Go Marching In.'
  9. ^ "New Orleans wins berth in grid loop". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 1, 1966. p. 17.
  10. ^ "New Orleans lands franchise in NFL". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. November 2, 1966. p. 1, part 2.