Allstate Sugar Bowl
January 1, 2016
It’s one of the top college football bowl games in the nation and it happens right here in New Orleans. It’s the 82nd Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl and it will be played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on New Year’s Day. Game time is at 7:30 p.m. CST.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will feature the champion of the Big 12 Conference against the champion of the Southeastern Conference. If either or both champions are selected for the four-team College Football Playoff, then a replacement team from that league will be selected.
The announcement of the Allstate Sugar Bowl participants will be announced on Sunday, December 6, however, tickets are now on sale for the game. Early purchase is advised.
The Sugar Bowl will host the Big 12 and the SEC in eight of the next 11 years. In the other three seasons (2017, 2020 and 2023), the game will host a College Football Playoff Semifinal.
While the Sugar Bowl game is the main event of the New Year’s Eve festivities in New Orleans, there are other noteworthy happenings going on, including a two-day Fan Fest that is being held for its 10th straight year. Staged on the grounds of Jax Brewery on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, the Fan Fest will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, December 30 and 31 from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. both days.
Admission is free.
Fans of the participating Allstate Sugar Bowl teams can show off their school spirit during high- energy pep rallies, featuring marching bands, mascots and cheerleaders for the participating teams the day before the game, along with other football-themed activities.
The fest also offers free musical performances by some of today's most celebrated bands. Previous headliners have included Huey Lewis & The News, Cee-Lo Green, Kelly Clarkson, The Neville Brothers, Darius Rucker, Eddie Money, Gin Blossoms, Lady Antebellum and others. Last year’s headliners were the Grammy Award-winning Imagine Dragons.
This year’s musical stars have not yet been announced. For the latest details about this year’s Fan Fest visit the event’s website.
Sugar Bowl History
As the second-oldest bowl game in the nation (preceded only by the Rose Bowl), the Sugar Bowl has a history as colorful as its name. Over the course of its 82-year history, it has established itself as one of the premier bowl games in the nation, having hosted 27 national champions, 86 Hall of Fame players, 46 Hall of Fame coaches and 16 Heisman Trophy winners.
Many of intercollegiate football’s most memorable moments have taken place during the game, both in the Superdome and at its previous home in Tulane University Stadium. Especially memorable was Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon’s dramatic, 9-yard scoring pass to Mickey Mangham in the 1959 game that gave LSU its first national title.
The idea for a New Year's Day football game was originally presented by Colonel James M. Thomson, publisher for the New Orleans Item, and sports editor Fred Digby in 1927. By 1935, enough support had been received for the idea that the Sugar Bowl was born and played annually in New Orleans every year since with the exception of in 2006. That year the game was played in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome due to the extensive damage received to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from Hurricane Katrina.
The game was originally played in Tulane Stadium until the stadium was demolished in 1975.
Tickets and Hotels
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome fills up fast for every Sugar Bowl, especially when there is a favorite local team playing. Early ticket purchase is very strongly advised.
Visit Ticketmaster or www.allstatesugarbowl.org for ordering and more information.
If you’re planning to stay in town for a few days prior to the Sugar Bowl, early hotel reservations are strongly advised.
And if you can't manage to find a ticket to the game, you can also catch the Sugar Bowl from a great seat at one of New Orleans' many sports bars. It’s almost as good as being at the game itself, especially if you’re surrounded by fellow fans of your home team.
For more information, call (504) 828-2440 or visit www.allstatesugarbowl.org.