The New Orleans Saints want their fans back. And today the head honchos in the organization sent a formal request to the City of New Orleans to see if they could make that happen. With limits, of course.

A letter was sent to out to season ticket holders today, and in part it said "Following our successful test of our VenueShield health and safety plan last weekend, we formally requested that Mayor Cantrell's office join Governor Edwards in approving our hosting fans with a limited capacity of approximately 25% beginning with our next home game against the L.A. Chargers on October 12th." Last week at the Green Bay Packers game in the Superdome, 750 family members of staff, coaches and players were allowed to attend as a "test" to see if health protocols could be implemented safely.

New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell made an announcement yesterday that the city would move into Phase 3.1 this weekend, which would allow bars to sell drinks to go, and increase capacity at other businesses. But, even with a nudge from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, city officials have not formally made a decision as to whether fans will be able to attend the game against the L.A. Chargers.

With the 25% capacity that the Saints are requesting, that would be about 18,500 fans allowed in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the games. According to WWL, Saints officials informed season ticket holders that an update on the status would probably be coming next week in an email.

The Saints take on the Detroit Lions this Sunday, October 4th at noon.