Posted: Dec 1, 2010 4:34 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Dec 1, 2010 4:34 PM
BATON ROUGE- The first of more than 4,000 New Orleans Saints vanity license plates went on sale Wednesday morning to a crowd of Black and Gold fans.
The license plate, approved by the legislature, features the traditional Fleur-de-lis and says 'World Champions' across the bottom.
Some fans said they had waited years to get an official Saints plate.
"We do have Saints stickers on the car but this is gonna make it even more so, and its gonna standout, people are gonna ask about it, so being big saints fans we thought it was pretty cool to be able to get them," said Henry Levenson, who drove from Hammond to get his plates.
Sylvia Green originally requested the plates by mail, but decided she couldn't wait and headed to the Office of Motor Vehicles on her lunch break.
"I have a [Saints] sticker, I have a steering wheel, I have a plate in front of my car, I ordered the headrest covers, I'm just a diehard Saints fan," said Green.
The plates can only be purchased for the moment at the Office of Motor Vehicles in major metropolitan areas like Baton Rouge and New Orleans. When more plates are printed they will be distributed throughout the state. The price for the plate depends on the value of your car and your current registration status.
Despite the wait for the plate, fans poured into the OMV in Baton Rouge in what appeared to be record numbers. Michelle Rayburn with the Office of Motor Vehicles told News 2 that 145 plates were sold at the Baton Rouge location on the first day.
"It's been busy all morning, we've had customers in and out of this office and it's just gonna probably be like this most of the day," she said.
The New Orleans Saints organization reserved the first 100 plates to auction off for charity. Money from the license plate sales will go to the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition fund.