Usually NFL preseason games are seen as nothing more than glorified practices. Exhibitions that teams use to get extra cash out of season ticket holders, leading most stadiums to be anything but electric.
If any of the Kansas City Chiefs players were expecting that Friday night against the New Orleans Saints, backup QB Chase Daniel has a warning:
“It’s going to be loud.”
Daniel spent the first four years of his career with the Saints and knows things are a little different in New Orleans, especially now.
“I talked to the ticket guy a few days ago, and it’s sold out,” Daniel told The Star. “The New Orleans fans love their football. It doesn’t matter that it’s preseason, offseason, regular season, Super Bowl … it’s Sean Payton’s first game, and they’re going to be out in force.”
Payton missed all of last year serving a bountygate suspension and will be welcomed back by a raucous crowd.
How hot of a ticket is Friday’s game? There are only 786 tickets available right now on StubHub, compared to 5,931 for Andy Reid’s Kansas City debut next week against the San Francisco 49ers.
The only home teams with less available tickets this weekend than the Saints are the Green Bay Packers (711), Carolina Panthers (719) and Philadelphia Eagles (782).
If the Chiefs were looking to try and recreate regular season situations as much as possible, they should get plenty of those in New Orleans Friday night.