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Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

NFL, state discuss Superdome damage from Hurricane Katrina

The NFL and Louisiana officials are trying to determine if hurricane damage to the Louisiana Superdome might affect the New Orleans Saints' regular-season home opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 18.

Two sections of the 30-year-old stadium's roof were blown away by Hurricane Katrina on Monday as more than 10,000 people sought shelter inside.

NFL spokesman Michael Lipman said in a telephone interview yesterday that the league is monitoring the situation and will continue to be in contact with Saints' officials before making a decision about the game.

The NFL Network, without citing the source of its information, reported the Saints would be able to play at the Superdome on Sept. 18.

Although the roof and water leaks will require repair, Gov. Kathleen Blanco said that an engineer had checked the dome and found it sound.

Possible alternatives to the Superdome for the home opener include Louisiana State's stadium in Baton Rouge and Reliant Stadium in Houston.

The Saints left New Orleans on Sunday, moving their practices and football staff to San Jose State in California in advance of tomorrow's exhibition game against Oakland. After the game, the Saints will head to San Antonio.

College games postponed

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana State postponed its scheduled football game Saturday night against North Texas because of the hurricane.

"The events of yesterday and this morning have made it clear that this is not the time to play a football game," LSU athletic director Skip Bertman said. "This is a dire situation that rivals any in the history of our state, and our priorities are on participating in recovery efforts."

LSU has canceled classes until Tuesday.

The Tulane-Southern Mississippi game scheduled for Sunday in Hattiesburg, Miss., has been moved to Nov. 26.


• Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre spent most of the past two days waiting to hear from family members in his hometown of Kiln, Miss. The NFL star spoke to his mother, Bonita, late yesterday afternoon.

Bonita Favre told Brett that Hurricane Camille, which the family experienced in 1969, didn't compare to this one and the damage it has caused. She indicated the family home is destroyed and probably will have to be bulldozed, but the good news is that everyone in the family appears to be fine.

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