New Orleans Saints to celebrate 50th season in 2016. On November 1, 1966, the National Football League awarded the 16th franchise to New Orleans. On January 9, 1967, the franchise was named the Saints. Just over eight months later on September 17, 1967, the Saints first kicked off in the regular season at Tulane Stadium in front of 80,879 fans in a 27-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, in a contest where RB John Gilliam returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
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