The 2011 New Orleans Saints season starts Friday night with the Saints taking on the San Francisco 49ers in the Louisiana Superdome.

The game is the first NFL pre-season battle for the Saints this year.

Saints head coach Sean Payton said he expects to give his first-team offense and defense between 14 and 16 snaps during Friday’s preseason opener.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

The game will be televised on CST and broadcast on WYPY-FM, 100.7.