The NFL has made a change to one of the biggest games on the Week 1 schedule. The New Orleans Saints will no longer host the Green Bay Packers at the Caesars Superdome on Sunday, Sept. 12.

Because of the damage left by Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, the opening weekend game has been moved to Jacksonville's TIAA Bank Field. The matchup is still set to start at 4:25 p.m. EDT.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are playing on the road against the Houston Texans in Week 1.

"The decision was made, in consultation with state and local officials and both clubs, in the interest of public safety," the NFL said in a statement. "Details on tickets and other specifics, including how fans can continue to help in the recovery effort, will be announced in the days ahead."

The decision means that the Saints will have to wait several weeks before playing a true home game. New Orleans is scheduled to visit the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 before playing on the road against the New England Patriots in Week 3.

The Saints are scheduled to host the New York Giants in Week 4 on Oct. 3. New Orleans is hopeful it can return to Caesars Superdome for that contest.

Dallas’ AT&T Stadium, where the Saints have been practicing, was considered as a possible venue for the Week 1 game. A concert scheduled for later in the week, however, will prevent the Saints and Packers from playing at the home of the Cowboys.

The Saints were three-point underdogs against the Packers when the game was set to be played in New Orleans. Now that the contest will be held at a neutral site, Green Bay is a 4.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

In 2005, the Saints were unable to play any games at the Superdome because of Hurricane Katrina.

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Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints looks to make a second quarter pass against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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