The New Orleans Saints have opened discussions with LSU officials about having the Saints play upcoming games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

"LSU has been gracious and enthusiastic regarding hosting our future games, and we very much appreciate their partnership," Saints official Greg Bensel said. "We have also discussed the possibility of moving our home games to LSU with the NFL and they are aware of our exploring this option.

"Obviously, our overwhelming preference is to play our games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with partial fan attendance, but there has been no indication from the city on when, or if, this might be approved."

The city of New Orleans has repeatedly declined to allow the Saints to have limited-capacity fan attendance because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league has had "ongoing conversations with the Saints about LSU" and pointed out that there are 15 NFL teams that have been approved to host fans after Philadelphia announced its intention to do so Tuesday.