September 21, 2005

Sugar Bowl on the move due to Katrina

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Sugar Bowl will be played either
in Baton Rouge, La., or in Atlanta on January 2 after being
forced from New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina, the NCAA said

Sugar Bowl officials say they will make their decision in
about three weeks as to which city will get the vaunted game,
originally scheduled for the Superdome.

Louisiana has hosted the annual college football game every
year since its inception in 1935 and officials want to keep it

But there are concerns that Baton Rouge does not have
enough hotels and infrastructure to host an event of that
magnitude. If Baton Rouge gets the game, New Orleans would have
to be ready to handle the expected crowds.

If Baton Rouge can be ready in time, the game would shift
to Tiger Stadium on the Louisiana State University campus. If
not, it will be moved to Atlanta.

"This is totally about New Orleans," said Sugar Bowl
director Paul Hoolahan, who added the city of Atlanta has given
officials permission to use the Georgia Dome if needed.

The Sugar Bowl is one of the four BCS games, and it brings
in an estimated $150-200 million in revenue to the state and

The Superdome, damaged during the hurricane, has hosted the
game since 1975.