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The Sugar Bowl, given its name at a time when more sugar was produced in Louisiana than anywhere else, is one of the six major NCAA bowl games.
It’s played in the New Orleans Superdome, the home field of the New Orleans Saints and Tulane University. Since opening in 1975, the Superdome has also hosted NCAA Final Fours, the Pope, the Rolling Stones and Muhammed Ali defeating Leon Spinks.
We Can Get You There
If you are planning to head to The Big Easy for the Sugar Bowl, Paramount Business Jets can arrange a charter flight for you into any of the nearby airports, including:
- Southern Seaplane Airport, 65LA, 65LA, Belle Chasse, United States (7 miles)
- Lakefront Airport, KNEW, NEW, New Orleans, United States (7 miles)
- Alvin Calendar Nas Airport, KNBG, NBG, New Orleans, United States (9 miles)
- Louis Armstrong International Airport, KMSY, MSY, New Orleans, United States (11 miles)
- St Charles Airport, LS40, LS40, Amarillo, United States (12 miles)
- Triche Field Airport, 1LA1, 1LA1, Hahnville, United States (21 miles)
- Slidell Airport, KASD, ASD, Slidell, United States (31 miles)
- St John The Baptist Paris Airport, K1L0, 1L0, La Place, United States (32 miles)
- South Lafourche Airport, KGAO, GAO, Galliano, United States (37 miles)
- Covington-Vincent Airport, LA87, LA87, Covington, United States (39 miles)
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Sugar Bowl History
The first Sugar Bowl was played Jan. 1, 1935, in what was then Tulane Stadium. The stadium was renovated and enlarged from 24,000 to 80,000 seats. Sugar Bowl Stadium was born.
The Sugar Bowl was established in the 1930s by the Mid-Winter Sports Association, whose original mission was to promote sporting events that would produce revenue and spur economic development in New Orleans.
The Sugar Bowl continued to be one of New Orleans’ biggest supporters when, after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, bowl officials were the first to promise the city it would continue there.
That commitment is seen as a leading factor in the ability of the Crescent City to keep its reputation of hosting big sporting events.
The Superdome - Home of the Sugar Bowl
How It Got Its Name
In the 1920s, when New Orleans officials were bandying about the idea of becoming the site of a college classic football game, Louisiana was the country’s fastest growing sugar-producing region.
The original stadium was built on the same land where Etienne de Bore discovered a way to turn sugar into granules. Before that, the most portable form of sugar was molasses, which the French colony of Saint-Domingue made from the sweet sugar cane juice.
In the late 1920s, diseases cut sugar cane production to the point of near collapse. That’s when the Times-Picayune sports editor suggested Sugar Bowl as the name for the classic.
The end of the sugar cane season, which parallels the football season, was a time of parties and celebration on sugar plantations. That makes the game’s timing even more fitting.
Alabama, which has played in 15 Sugar Bowls, winning eight and losing seven, is the school with the most appearances. Other schools that have played in six or more Sugar Bowls are:
- LSU: 13 times (6-7)
- Ole Miss: 9 times (6-3)
- Florida: 9 times (3-6)
- Tennessee: 7 times (4-3)
- Notre Dame: 5 times (1-4)
- Oklahoma: 7 times (5-2)
- Florida State: 6 times (4-2)
- Arkansas: 6 times (1-5)
The structure of playoffs changed in the 2014-2015 season when the college Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was changed to the College Football Playoffs. The Sugar Bowl will continue to be played on New Year’s Day. It will host a playoff semi-final game every three years, in rotation with the other major bowls – Rose, Orange, Cotton, Peach, and Fiesta. In between, it will host games featuring the SEC and the Big 12.
To Do And See In New Orleans
- The French Quarter: It’s like a city within a city. In the armpit of Canal Street and the Mississippi River is a section where narrow streets are lined with everything from world-famous restaurants to voodoo shops. It’s a place beyond description. Make sure you get a muffuletta – a cold-cut sandwich swimming in olive tapenade -- from the Central Market and beignets and café au lait from Café de Monde.
- The Garden District: Take the streetcar up St. Charles Avenue to see the historic mansions along the route to Tulane University.
- Listen to the blues: There are just too many great ones to list them all, but there has to be a mention of Tipitina's. It opened in 1977 as a place for Professor Longhair to perform. In fact, Tipitina is the name of one of the professor’s songs. Over the years, it has grown from a locals’ hangout into an international music icon.
- Eat delicious food: There are as many places to get great shrimp creole, jambalaya and shrimp po’ boys as there are places to listen to great music. A place called Mother’s Restaurant is a little tourist-schmaltzy, but they have great po’ boys (they put French fries right on the sandwich) and, while you eat, you can look at autographed pictures of past famous customers that are hanging on the walls.