For die-hard members of the Who Dat Nation, the season couldn't start soon enough.
"I've been waiting for this day," said Lorene Grandpre, a fan.
"It's a brand new season, smell of fresh cut grass. It's fall," added James Lee, another fan. "This is what we really want to see, football."
That love of the game and love for the Saints brought thousands of fans to bars and restaurants across the City of New Orleans.
"Everyone is glued to the TV," said server Erica Orgeron at Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar. "If there's a touchdown, everyone's shouting. It's fun."
Fans are showing their support from head to toe. They say the first game sets the scene for the rest of the season.
"It's the expectations, it's the start of the season," said Rick Valladares, who came from the West Bank to watch the game in New Orleans.
The Who Dat Nation have high hopes this year.
"It's New Orleans. It's football, and we love it," said Chantel Jaconmine, another fan. "Everybody is rooting for us to go to the Superbowl."
And fans say Sunday's game is just a taste of what's to come.