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Big Time Sports are Booming in New Orleans

With the Louisiana Superdome at the forefront, New Orleans is emerging as the sports capitol of the nation. In recent months, the city has won bids for the 2013 Super Bowl, the 2012 Men's Final Four, and the 2013 Women's Final Four. Meanwhile, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced the return of the BCS Championship Game in 2012.

That is a run of big-time neutral-site sports events like no other city has ever experienced; not even New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. Since opening in 1975, the Superdome has been the site of six Super Bowls (the city has hosted a total of nine), four Final Fours and two BCS Championships.

The drama and excitement of March Madness starts next March when the first and second round sessions of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships will be in the New Orleans Arena, adjacent to the Superdome. The games will be played Thursday, Mar. 18 & Saturday, Mar. 20, 2010.

An NCAA men's regional session will be featured in the Superdome in 2011. With the men's and women's Final Fours following the next two years, New Orleans will have four straight years of NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament action, another "first" for any city.

Adding to the city's championship laurels, the Arena will be the site of the 2012 Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament. The Arena has previously been the site of both the NCAA Women's Division I Volleyball Championships (in 2002) and basketball championships (Final Four in 2006), and a men's basketball first-second round in 2007.

The success of the 2008 BCS Championship Football Game in the Dome and the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in the Arena again showed the city's ability to serve again as a great host for big-time events.

And more of the biggest of mega-time sports events are expected to follow with the completion of a $304 million makeover for the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005.

Mix in the Superdome's home teams, the New Orleans Saints and the Tulane Green Wave, as well as its' major annual events like the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, the State Farm Bayou Classic, the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the State Farm Prep Classic (state high school football championships), the Monster Jam and the Supercross, and you have a mother lode of sports for area fans.

Even those who may not care about sports are rubbing their palms over the massive economic impact attracted by this array of events. The hordes of visiting fans and the widespread and nearly constant media exposure are vital to the city's hospitality industry; the lifeline of our economy.

Upcoming Major Sports Events:

Mar. 18 & 20, 2010-NCAA Men's Basketball 1st/2nd Round in the Arena. Second time in the Arena; sixth men's regional in New Orleans.

Mar. 24-27, 2011 (exact playing dates TBA)-NCAA Men's Basketball Regionals, in the Superdome. Fifth regional session in the Dome (including 1st & 2nd rounds); seventh in New Orleans.

Mar. 2012-Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. (In the Arena for the first time; played in the Superdome in 2003).

Apr. 2012-NCAA Men's Final Four. Fifth time in Superdome (previously in 1982, 1987, 1993, 2003).

Apr. 2013-NCAA Women's Final Four. Second time in the Arena (first was in 2004).

Jan. 2013- Super Bowl. Seventh time in Superdome (previously in 1978,1981,1986,1990,1997,2002).

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For more information Contact:
Bill Curl
Coordinator of Media Relations
Louisiana Superdome/New Orleans Arena
bill.curl@superdome.com
Office: 504-587-3921

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