The New Orleans Saints’ beloved quarterback, Drew Brees, has purchased one of the 92 condominiums in the future Four Seasons New Orleans Hotel at the foot of Canal Street, according to a story on the TMZ website. The hotel/apartment development will occupy the 1968-vintage, modernist tower once known as the International Trade Mart.
Work began on the renovation of the 34-story former office building in 2018 and may be completed as soon as 2021. The redevelopment was projected to cost $450 million and will include 341 hotel rooms as well as condos.
According to the breathless TMZ report, “Drew’s new pad is coming with ALL the bells and whistles … from private access to a bar/lounge to a golf simulator room.”
David Seerman, a Four Seasons sales manager, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday that condos range in price from $2 million to $10 million, but he would not confirm that No. 9 had become a condo owner.
“We have a lot of prominent people,” he said. “But we take privacy very seriously.”
TMZ said Brees provided a statement that said he and his family plan to call the condo home. The Saints organization could not immediately confirm or deny the report.
In March, the 41-year-old superstar quarterback entered into a two-year, $50 million contract with the team.
“If it was playing it in the Dome with no fans or playing up there with 25,000 of our fans, then every one of us would make the second choice,” Payton said.
The Carolina Panthers, the New Orleans Saints’ next opponent, have entered the NFL’s intensive protocol related to COVID-19.