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The New Orleans Saints joined the NFL in 1966, as an expansion team, due to their support for the Cincinnati Bengals joining the AFL and their support for the AFL and NFL merger.
They are in the South Division the "Dirty South" of the National Football Conference in the NFL.
The Saints play their homes games at SuperDome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The headquarters and practice facilities is located in Metairie, Louisiana.
The New Orleans Saints was founded on November 1, 1966, with the combination of sports entrepreneur Dave Dixon, sports editor Crozet Duplantier, Senator Russell Long and Congressman Hale Boggs, who approved the NFL-AFL merger conditional on the awarding of a franchise to New Orleans.
Dave Dixon, also founded the Louisiana Superdome and the USFL. The Saints were founded due to a backroom deal by U.S. Congressman Hale Boggs, U.S. Senator Russell Long, and former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.
The NFL needed congressional approval of the proposed AFL–NFL merger.
Dixon and a local civic group had been seeking an NFL franchise for over 5 years and had hosted several
NFL exhibition games with record crowds. To seal the merger between the NFL-AFL, Pete Rozelle arrived in New Orleans within a week, and announced on November 1, 1966, that the NFL officially had awarded the city of New Orleans an NFL franchise.
John W. Mecom Jr., a young oil businessman from Houston, became the team's first majority stockholder of the New Orleans Saints news.
The team's colors, black and gold, which symbolized both Mecom's and New Orleans' strong ties to the oil industry.
"Black gold" is a term synonymous with oil.
The team was named for the great jazz song, "When the Saints Go Marching In", which most identified with New Orleans and it was no coincidence that the franchise's official birth was announced on November 1, which is the Catholic All Saints' Day.
The team's logo is a fleur-de-lis (a symbol of the City of New Orleans and of France's Royal Family, which included the House of Bourbon), while its uniform design consists of gold helmets, gold pants, and either black or white jerseys.
Trumpeter Al Hirt was part owner of the team, and his rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" was made the official fight song.
During the early morning on August 29, 2005 the City of New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina.
The Levees broke which led to massive flooding, and President George W. Bush, was slow to meet the needs of the people affected by the storm.
Ten thousands sought shelter in the Superdome in New Orleans, while ten of thousands chose to stay home.
Hurricane Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people and affected some 90,000 square miles of the United States.
The New Orleans Saints news were unable to play any home games at the Superdome during the 2005 NFL regular season.
The team setup temporary headquarters and practice facilities in San Antonio, Texas. They play 1 game at Giants Stadium and the rest of the games were play at LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge and the other half at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The 2006 season the Superdome had a 185 million renovation and the Saints played all of their home games at the Superdome.
On January 17, 2006, the Saints hired Sean Payton as their new head coach. On September 25, 2006 the New Orleans Saints played the Atlanta Falcons in their first game in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina and won the game 23-3.
During the 2009 season the Saints won 13 games in a row and lost their last 3 games of the season. Saints became the first team to win a Super Bowl after losing its last three regular season games. The New Orleans Saints went on to Win Super Bowl XLIV by defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17.
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