sam's notes

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Thursday, September 22, 2005

.......The Sugar Bowl will be played in the Georgia Dome.

Obviously, it can't be played in the Superdome on Jan. 2, so Sugar Bowl officials are looking at alternate sites. There's been no official announcement at this time. But, based on a conference call on which I eavesdropped last night, it's apparent Atlanta is the only real solution.

Baton Rouge is the other solution, and Sugar Bowl executive director Paul Hoolahan said he wanted "in every way possible to conduct our event in the state of Louisiana."

But he also added they would "have to do a tremendous amount of logistical juggling to make this work." And that logistical juggling won't necessarily make Baton Rouge a viable alternative, giving the size of the city and the lack of available hotel rooms, transportation and general infrastructure to support the crowds.

There are logistical issues with the Georgia Dome as well: the Peach Bowl will be played on Dec. 30 and the Falcons will play on New Year's Day. But Hoolahan said officials assured him that the field had been turned over in one day before and there should be no problem doing it again....


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