Saints to host 'Gleason Gras'

The New Orleans Saints are planning a big event to raise awareness for Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and the Gleason Family Trust.

Former New Orleans player Steve Gleason has been diagnosed with ALS. The Saints will host "Gleason Gras'' at Champions Square from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., CT, on Nov. 27.

The event will feature music by Better Than Ezra, former Saints player Kyle Turley and others. There also will be an autograph tent featuring several Saints and fans will be allowed to see the Lombardi Trophy from the Saints’ Super Bowl victory.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 6 p.m. and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or the New Orleans Arena box office. Tickets are $20 each with a $3 service charge per order.

The event will be held the day before the Saints host the New York Giants in a “Monday Night Football’’ game.

“This is a player and a family that, aside from our prayers, needs our help,’’ New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “His battle with this disease and his family’s battle with this disease are difficult enough, but the proceeds will go to a trust for Steve Gleason and his family. The one thing about this city is we’ve always found a way to rally around difficult times or certainly a person in need. I know this is a great cause. It’s easy for me to sit here and talk about our willingness to help and I think our fans and the people who have met Steve Gleason or at least know him even a little will find an opportunity to support this.’’