NEW YORK — The New Orleans Saints on Tuesday unveiled a $25 million renovation of the team’s aging facility, adding an athletic training facility and a gymnasium.
The team said the renovation is the largest renovation of its facility since the team moved to Los Angeles from St. Louis in 2009.
The Saints have long struggled to attract and retain top talent in recent years, especially since the Rams’ departure to Los Ingobernables.
The renovation includes a new locker room, two practice fields and a video-chat room.
Saints head coach Sean Payton said the $25m renovation is part of a broader strategy to “get back to the basics” of what makes the Saints successful.
He said the team will invest $25.5 million in its training and medical facilities and $1.5m in its indoor training complex, with another $1m coming from a $1 million bond that was issued to help finance the project.
The renovated facility is also home to an indoor practice facility that will host football camps this summer.
Payton said he is confident that this facility will be a “wonderful place to play” in the future.
Saints owner Tom Benson will lead the renovation.
Benson, whose son Drew is the team president, said he will spend $15 million on the renovation, including $5 million to renovate the locker room.
Payton also said he hopes to bring the Saints “back to our core values of being a team of hard-working men and women.”
“I believe in hard work, and I believe in the values of teamwork, of caring, of wanting to succeed,” Payton said.
“We will bring that same character to the new facility, and we will make it a home for our football team.”
The Rams also announced Tuesday that they will host a team workout in July to help improve their training facility.
The Rams are scheduled to begin training camp in August.
The franchise has not won a playoff game since 2008, but Benson said he believes he can “win” again this season.
“I’ve had a long journey here, but I’m confident we can win,” Benson said.