Saints: The Missing 1200

A few of 'The Missing 1200'

By SCOTT WALKER

A legion of New Orleans Saints fans is unhappy with the organization and is trying to make sure everyone hears about it.

‘The Missing 1200’ is a grassroots organization made up of Saints season ticket holders. They represent the 1,200 fans who lost their seats when the team announced that a new press box will eliminate rows in the Upper Terrace between sections 635 and 645.

Earlier this week, the group delivered a letter to the New Orleans Saints requesting a guarantee that every season ticket holder is either temporarily or permanently relocated for the 2010 season.

In their letter to the Saints, according to a press release, the organization made the following requests:

1. Contact each affected season ticket holder in writing with information about which seats were displaced, why the team waited to call until season ticket renewal invoices were mailed, and the specific process for temporary and/or permanent relocation in 2010.

2. Guarantee that every eliminated seat will be either temporarily or permanently relocated in 2010, regardless of how many season tickets are not renewed.

3. Keep Upper Terrace “neighborhoods” intact by relocating fans in groupings from their displaced sections.

4. Publicly recognize that the organization values the spirited culture that fans bring to the upper rows of the affected Upper Terrace sections, a culture that contributes to the unique game day experience in the Superdome.

“The New Orleans Saints began contacting affected season ticket holders by phone March 18, one day before renewal invoices were mailed to its remaining accounts,” according to the group’s website. “Phone calls indicated that season ticket holders would lose their seats and be placed at the top of the team’s wait list until other locations became available, but with no guarantee of a seat in either 2010 or 2011. A written notice describing the organization’s relocation plan has not been sent to the affected fans.”

Mike Stanfield, the Vice President of Ticket Sales for the New Orleans Saints, told the group “that although he is extremely optimistic that every one of the missing 1200 will be relocated, he has to stop short of a guarantee.”

‘The Missing 1200’ has already received television and radio coverage and the group says a newspaper article will be written soon. The organization has set up a website (www.themissing1200.com) and a couple of facebook pages here and here.

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