Saints scrimmage close, but not yet sealed
May 14, 2003
LAFAYETTE ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s supposed to happen. Most figures involved are expecting it to happen.
The bottom line at this point, however, is that nothing has been finalized.
The issue is a 3 p.m. press conference Friday at the UL Lafayette Alumni Center to announce that the New Orleans SaintsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ annual Black-and-Gold Scrimmage will be held at Cajun Field on Saturday, Aug. 2.
The press conference has been scheduled, but UL Lafayette athletic director Nelson Schexnayder confirmed on Tuesday that a final agreement hasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t been reached.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“ThereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s a very small split on one or two minor things,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ Schexnayder said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“WeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢re hoping that everything will work out and we can reach an agreement. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s close, but we havenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t signed a contract yet.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢
If the two sides canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t agree on the final details, the press conference would be cancelled. The press conference was scheduled in coordination with the SaintsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ Western Region Caravan, which will be coming through Lafayette on Friday.
SaintsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ general manager Mickey Loomis, coach Jim Haslett and players Ashley Ambrose, Darren Howard and Jerome Pathon will be available to meet and greet fans from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Acadiana Mall on Friday.
If an agreement between the university and the Saints is reached prior to 3 p.m. on Friday, the announcement will be made for Lafayette area SaintsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ fans to see the rest of the team in action in the Black-and-Gold intrasquad scrimmage.
The Black-and-Gold game is an annual event that culminates the first week of training camp with an intrasquad scrimmage.
ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s a step above a normal practice, but not a regular exhibition game. A year ago, the scrimmage consisted of four drives in team drill, three 15-play, drives and four 12-play drives.
Starters are usually mixed in with reserves to reduce the risk of injury.
In addition to the game ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â tentatively set for 7 p.m. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Â there will be a full day of activities planned in and around Cajun Field.
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â©The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
May 14, 2003
Saints scrimmage close, but not yet sealed
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TO HOLD ANNUAL BLACK AND GOLD SCRIMMAGE AT UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTEÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢S CAJUN FIELD ON AUGUST 2
For Immediate Release
May 16, 2003
The New Orleans Saints, in conjunction with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, announced today that the club will hold its annual Black and Gold Scrimmage at 31,000-seat Cajun Field in Lafayette on Aug. 2, 2003.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“We are truly excited to have formed a partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and look forward to playing the 2003 Black and Gold Scrimmage before a packed house at Cajun Field,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬? said Saints Executive Vice President of Administration Arnold D. Fielkow. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“Acadiana has always been ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‹ÂœSaints County,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ just as it is ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‹ÂœRaginÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ Cajun County,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ and we look forward to giving fans in and around Lafayette an up-close and personal look at the 2003 Saints.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬?
Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager of Football Operations Mickey Loomis echoed FielkowÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s sentiments.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“When the decision was made to move our training camp to our training facility in Metairie, we said that we would do everything we could to bring Saints football to our many fans in this state,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬? Loomis said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“Lafayette is a tremendous community and the people there have been wonderful to work with in coordinating this scrimmage. Lafayette has great football fans, and we look forward to being there in early August.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬?
UL Lafayette Athletics Director Nelson Schexnayder said: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“WeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢re very excited about the New Orleans Saints coming to Acadiana. There is a strong Saints following in this area and weÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢re thrilled to have the Saints as our partner for this event. It should be a very fun day in and around Cajun Field.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬?
The annual Black and Gold Scrimmage has been a showcase event of the SaintsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ summer training camp and 2003 will mark the first time it has been held in Lafayette. Plans are to rotate this annual scrimmage to different regional sites from year to year. In addition to the football scrimmage, the event will involve a full day of activities, including youth clinics, a Saintsations autograph session, the Saints Experience with interactive inflatables, and many other family-oriented games. These events will be held at the baseball stadium ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ M.L. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“TigueÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬? Moore Field ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ adjacent to Cajun Field.
Ticket prices for the Black and Gold Scrimmage range from $10-20, and include admission to all related activities. Discounts will be offered to Saints season-ticket holders, students, military and groups over 20. Black and Gold Scrimmage tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17. They can be purchased at the Saints Ticket Office in Metairie (504) 731-1700, the Superdome ticket office, through Ticketmaster at 800-877-0898 or www.ticketmaster.com, through the Saints\' web site at www.neworleanssaints.com, and at the Cajundome on the campus of UL Lafayette. Also ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ available through the Saints ticket offices only ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ fans can purchase a $49 travel package that includes round-trip bus fair to and from Metairie to Lafayette, a Black & Gold Scrimmage ticket and refreshments.
The following is a basic ticket-pricing chart for the Black and Gold Scrimmage:
TICKET DESRIPTION (PRICE)
Lower West/Seat Back ($20)
Lower East/Lower West ($15)
Upper West ($10)
Travel Package ($49)
The Saints have season tickets available at all aforementioned outlets, with the exclusion of the Cajundome. For the second consecutive year, Saints season-ticket packages will feature a 10-game home schedule at the Superdome. Regular-season home opponents include Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay (all NFC South), Dallas, New York Giants (both NFC East), Houston, Indianapolis (both AFC South) and Chicago (third place - NFC North). New Orleans hosts Philadelphia and Miami in the preseason. Highlights of the Saints\' new season-ticket plans include: an affordable reduced-price ticket featuring season tickets for $150 per season ($15 per game), an interest-free payment plan, and a special \"Lots of Lagniappe\" benefits package for all season-ticket holders.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette reflects the diversity found in a distinct region of the state known as Acadiana. The second largest university in Louisiana, it has earned regional and national recognition for excellence in many scientific areas, such as computer science and environmental biology. LouisianaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s RaginÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ Cajuns compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate athletics.
oh man.. i live near lafayette.. i will be there also gator... maybe when the day arrives we can meet at hooters and ill buy the first round... how bout that
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