Saints Return to the Dome September 25, 2006
The New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl on February 7, 2010, and you might think that would have been the happiest day in the life of a Saints fan. And you might be wrong.
Make no mistake, every single supporter of this football team has warm fuzzy feelings about that day in Miami when the Saints became the one and only major league sports franchise in the history of New Orleans to win a championship. But in terms of emotional feelings, September 25, 2006 is the day sports fans in the Crescent City get choked up about.
Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005, just before the start of the football season. In the Fall of 2005, New Orleans had a lot bigger problems to deal with than providing a stadium for its NFL team, so for that entire season, the Saints played all of their games in cities other than New Orleans.
Finally, on the last Monday Night in September of 2006, the Saints came home. There were some naysayers who thought that the money and effort that went into getting the Super dome fixed up for the Saints, barely a year after the disaster, could have gone toward worthier causes. But most of those people were probably not from New Orleans.