Games weren't regularly selling out until the Saints drafted Reggie. New Orleans is a very small city, and it isn't the biggest destination for pro teams. It would have been very hard to get another football team. I think.
It also would have looked very bad for the image of the league for the NFL to run out of the city at that particular time
and that would be something if it were true, but it isn't. These numbers reflect 1967-2004
Based on statistics from 1967 through 2004, the Saints lead the NFL in average fans per win, a ranking that considers a team's on-field performance and its attendance history. The rankings do not include the expansion Houston Texans, whose three seasons are not enough to be statistically significant.
The Saints lead the NFL with an average of 76,088 fans per win, derived by dividing the team's all-time attendance of 17,880,875 by its 235 total wins. Cleveland is second at 75,721 fans per win. Detroit is third. None of those teams has ever reached a Super Bowl, but Cleveland and Detroit have played in conference championship games.
-- Even when victories are not calculated into attendance history, the Saints rank 10th in the league in overall regular-season attendance, with a total of 17,610,161, despite playing in the league's fifth-smallest market.
-- The Saints' per-game attendance average of 60,935 ranks 13th, ahead of traditional powerhouses New England, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Minnesota, Green Bay, Washington and San Francisco. Those teams have combined for 35 Super Bowl appearances and 22 championships.
Also keep in mind, we had a 36-game sellout streak going into 2005... LINK
This post was edited on 5/20 at 6:01 pm