R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
December 19, 2015
Exciting college football bowl action will once again happen in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome just before the holidays, when the Sun Belt Conference champion takes on the leading team from Conference USA (C-USA) in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The game will be played on Saturday, December 19 at 8:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
The selection announcement for the two participating teams is expected in late November or early December. In recent years several teams have come from the Mountain West Conference to play in the bowl game.
The Ragin’ Cajuns from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette from the Sunbelt Conference have won the past four New Orleans Bowl contests. Approaching the midway point of the 2015 season their record stood at 2-4.
As one of the earliest bowl games on the post-season schedule, the New Orleans Bowl is certified by the NCAA as an official bowl game. It has been on the calendar since 2001 and has been title-sponsored by R+L Carriers since 2006.
The game has been played at the Superdome every year except 2005 when it was temporarily moved to Lafayette's Cajun Field following Hurricane Katrina. It returned to New Orleans the following season and has been here ever since.
While considerably smaller than the Sugar Bowl, which comes to the Superdome on January 1, the New Orleans Bowl has steadily grown in size and popularity since its inception. It is now one of the top ten events in New Orleans in terms of economic impact. It typically has an attendance of approximately 30,000 fans, many of whom are visitors who take the opportunity to enjoy the city in its festive holiday attire!
Dashing Through the Dome
On Friday December 18, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Sports Series, in partnership with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will host the 2nd Annual “Dashing Through the Dome” fun run. This unique 2-mile race runs participants into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, up and around the Dome's Ground, Plaza and Terrace Levels, then down the ramps on the way to finishing on the field. The dash is open to all ages.
All participants will receive a race T-shirt, free post-race refreshments, and hospitality area during the New Orleans Bowl concert in Champions Square and a free general admission ticket to the Bowl game on the 19th.
Late registration and number pickup will open at 5:00 p.m. on Race Day on the Exterior Plaza level of the Dome, near Gate D (adjacent to Champions Square). The race begins at 6:30 p.m. on the Exterior Plaza level. Garage 2 will be open and free for runners until 6:00 p.m. Friday. Garage 1 will also have paid parking for $15. The post-race concert starts at 7:00 p.m.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to register for the Fun Run.
In recent years free concerts starring big names in the music world have been staged in Champions Square, adjacent to the Superdome on the night before the game.
The announcement of this year’s entertainers is coming soon. Check back with the event’s website for the latest.
Visitors are encouraged to book their travel arrangements well in advance. For more information on the New Orleans Bowl, visit www.neworleansbowl.org. For tickets visit Ticketmaster or call 1-800-745-3000.