October 7, 2005

American football-Sugar Bowl moves from New Orleans to Atlanta

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Sugar Bowl will be played in
Atlanta this year, forced out of its longtime home in New
Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, officials announced Friday.

The game, hosted by New Orleans every year since 1935, will
be played in the Georgia Dome on January 2, 2006.

"These are extraordinary times for all of us and the
decision by the committee was very emotional," said Sugar Bowl
President Mark Romig.

"However, we are most grateful to the officials and
citizens of Georgia and Atlanta for agreeing to temporarily
host the historic Sugar Bowl and are heartened by the enormous
show of support we are receiving."

Proceeds from the annual college football game will be used
to support relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans,
Romig said.

Sugar Bowl officials initially tried to relocate the game
to Baton Rouge, La., on the campus of Louisiana State

But hotel availability in the region was severely limited
due, in part, by the demand for rooms by the ongoing recovery