NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints are returning to the Superdome for their NFL season-opener Sunday, The Associated Press has learned.

Forced to flee to Indianapolis ahead of Hurricane Gustav, the Saints will be able to open their season as scheduled against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a person with direct knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

The person declined to be identified because an official announcement had not been made.

The Louisiana Superdome was not used as a refuge during Gustav as it was during Katrina three years ago, and did not sustain any structural or interior damage and never lost power.