Hundreds of New Orleans Saints fans gathered Thursday at Jackson Square for the N-F-L Concert.

The Dave Matthews Band was first to take the stage, followed by Country singer Taylor Swift.

It was all part of a celebration to help kick off the Saints season opener at the Superdome.

Fans lined up early and braved the heat, the crowds, and the rain. Saints fans told ABC 26 News they've waited a long time for the season to begin. "The energy is electric and contagious, it's contagious if you are here you're going to get it right," said Darlene Jones. The same enthusiasm was echoed by Kristy Dufrene, "It's wild it's great and it really shows how loyal the Who Dat fans are."

Fans say the concert and city-wide celebration are what the Saints needed to build momentum for another great season