Sugar Bowl

2007 Sugar Bowl

Congratulations to all the participants in the 2006-07 Sugar Bowl, and especially to the LSU Tigers for their 41-14 victory over the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame!

Get your Sugar Bowl tickets to see a sweet match-up! Notre Dame versus Louisiana State University -- two institutions steeped in football tradition! Let Coast to Coast help you find the seats you want at the newly refurbished Louisiana Superdome where you can cheer on your LSU Tigers or your Fighting Irish!

As one of the four host venues for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), and as a holiday-time tradition dating back to 1935, the Sugar Bowl, or Allstate Sugar Bowl as it was renamed in 2006, is very familiar to American sports fans. Every year the top college team of the South Eastern Conference (SEC), a highly ranked challenger from another major conference, and thousands of happy ticket-holders look forward to New Year's festivities in New Orleans culminating in a gridiron battle at the Louisiana Superdome, joined by millions more in the TV audience.

Last year, however, the 71st Sugar Bowl took place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Consideration was given to holding the event in Baton Rouge, but Louisiana's capital was already sheltering so many transplanted survivors of the devastation that there were not enough hotel rooms to accommodate thousands more. So the Georgia Dome became a busy place with the Peach Bowl to be held on December 30th, an Atlanta Falcons NFL game scheduled for January 1st, and the Nokia Sugar Bowl happening the very next evening!

The very first Sugar Bowl saw the Green Wave of Tulane University defeating the Temple Owls 20-14, and a tradition was born which continued on at Tulane Stadium, causing expansion of that facility to continue as well. When Notre Dame won the national title there in 1973, it was in front of a record 85,161 fans. Of course, the game was also watched across the U.S., having been telecast live coast to coast since 1953. In the 1960s, the Sugar Bowl was the first such contest to be broadcast nationwide in color and to be beamed to Hawaii via satellite. The move to the Superdome (home arena for the National Football League's New Orleans Saints and site of six NFL SuperBowls) happened in 1975.

As of 2005, the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University share a record for being invited to the Sugar Bowl 12 times. 'Bama's Crimson Tide was responsible for most of Paul 'Bear' Bryant's eight Sugar Bowl wins but not his first; that one happened in 1951 when he was coaching Kentucky. LSU's most recent appearance occurred in 2004, a year when the Nokia Sugar Bowl was also designated the national championship; the Tigers took the title by defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 21-14.

The fun and pageantry of the Sugar Bowl have represented great athletic competition and the exuberance of New Orleans for decades, and happily the event is back home there for 2006-07. Coast to Coast Tickets invites you to get your tickets to attend the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and as you cheer on your team you'll be cheering on pride, tradition and community spirit as well.

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