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Mercedes-Benz Superdome

New Orleans, LA

Home of the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

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Mercedes-Benz Superdome (map it)
1500 Sugar Bowl Dr
New Orleans, LA 70112


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Year Opened: 1975

Capacity: 72,003

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R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Featuring a team from the Sun Belt conference taking on a foe out of Conference-USA, the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl has posted some of the largest attendance numbers of any non-BCS bowl game the past few years, largely thanks to the fans of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns who have adopted the game over the past three years (2011-2013).

With the primetime spot on the first day of the bowl season, the New Orleans Bowl, hosted at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, has provided an excellent atmosphere for fans attending one of the season’s first bowl games.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

Fans attending games at the Superdome do not have to worry about finding something that fits their taste or shows a bit of the local flavor. Items such as shrimp baskets, shrimp po-boys, chicken tender baskets, chicken wings, hot dogs and more are available.

In addition there are nacho stands that offer a variety of different nacho items, and there are concession stands devoted to different styles of hamburgers.

Fans can pick up fountain sodas or a variety of beer such as Stella at the concession stands. More beers are available at the Coors Light Cold Zone, and cocktails can be purchased from different vendors as well.

The only knock on the concession areas is the prices. To walk away with a cheeseburger, a fan will drop $10.75, and a Mediterranean Burger will cost $15. A large draft beer costs nine dollars, and since a small beer costs eight dollars, purchasing the large is the way to go if buying beer.

Of course, if you are looking to grab a meal in the Superdome, you are doing New Orleans all wrong.

Atmosphere    4

The Louisiana-Lafayette fans have practically made this game their biggest home game of the season as the school has made consecutive appearances in three consecutive years. The team, first invited in 2011, has now won the game three straight years, and the fans continue to respond by showing up at the game. In 2013, 54,728 fans attended the game, which broke the old attendance record of 48, 828 set in 2012.

While this is not a capacity crowd for the Superdome, the enthusiasm of the crowd makes for a loud, exciting environment, and while the Ragin' Cajun fans may dominate the numbers in attendance, fans from other schools, such as Tulane in 2013, bring a strong contingent of vocal fans.

The excitement of fans combined with the excitement of a bowl game experience make the New Orleans Bowl a great college football experience.

Neighborhood    5

Very few cities in the United States can compare with New Orleans when it comes to entertainment. The Big Easy has a reputation as a city where everyone can have a good time, and without a doubt, this is true.

From the French Quarter to the Audubon Zoo to the Garden District, there is something for everyone in New Orleans. Fortunately fans headed to a game at Superdome will have no problem accessing all of the good times available in New Orleans.

For those interested in a great night on the town, the French Quarter covers about any interest. From karaoke at the Cat's Meow to the piano bar at Pat O'Brien's, a good time lurks on nearly every corner.

If you get hungry late at night, a visit to Café Du Monde can take care of a beignet craving, and for those wanting to indulge in something a little stronger than coffee, the number of bars and walk-up service windows will take care of your needs.

In the morning, a trip to Mothers' can provide just the right breakfast to get your day going in the right direction. Be prepared to order quickly as the line moves fast and those not ready do not get much time to order.

Partying is far from the only thing available in New Orleans. Children will love the Audubon Zoo, Imax Theater, the Aquarium, and the Insectariums. In addition, there are many different museums for patrons to visit, and several quality golf courses in town as well.

With so much to do and so much fun to be had, New Orleans provides a place that is unlike any other. No wonder Cowboy Mouth sang a song called Take Me Back to New Orleans.

Fans    4

For starters, the location of the New Orleans Bowl will make it one of the most attended non-BCS bowl games of the season. That combined with the excitement shown by the fans at the game means these folks helped to generate an amazing atmosphere.

With an 8pm kickoff, the New Orleans bowl allows fans to have a great time before heading to the game, and once inside the fans keep the party going. Many cheered from before kickoff until the game ended.

A glimpse around the stadium showed fans covered in body paint, waving flags, hoisting signs and staying loud. The fans seem to want to have the win as much as their team does.

Access    5

Getting to the Superdome should not present much of a problem to anyone heading to the New Orleans Bowl.

With two different exits off of Interstate 10, fans will have a few different options for reaching their destination. Plenty of parking is available on Poydras, and parking can also be found at the Superdome garages. However, if you drive a large vehicle or one over 6' 5" tall, you may want to consider parking in other areas around the Superdome.

Those areas can be as close as a block or so away, and their price will vary based on the expected crowd attending the game.

If staying in around the French Quarter or Canal Street before or after the game, the best plan would be to leave the car at the hotel and either walk or take a taxi to the game.

Fans from far away can also easily reach New Orleans through the air as most major airlines connect to New Orleans within one stop of the origin of the flight.

Once in the Superdome, movement around the facility is pretty easy with wide-open concourses.

Return on Investment    4

One of the best ways to make a bowl game a solid investment is to make a vacation out of the trip. New Orleans, and the bowl as well, help make this an enjoyable idea for fans coming to the game. For starters, the New Orleans Bowl has a free Friday night party and concert. The 2013 edition featured Charlie Daniels and Travis Tritt among other parties and activities.

Tickets to the game cost around $40, which can be a steep price for larger families traveling to the game, but is not outrageous by college football standards. With the New Orleans Bowl drawing large crowds the past few years, fans have not been able to beat those prices by much on the secondary market.

Parking for the game is not outrageous, so the typical family of four can get in the doors for under $200.

Extras    4

The New Orleans Bowl offers many things that other bowls simply cannot offer. For starters, the city itself is one of a kind. New Orleans itself is worth an extra star.

In addition to the fun of New Orleans, the bowl also has a fan party in Champions Square the night before the game providing a place to have fun and a concert for fans who have already arrived in town.

The New Orleans Bowl has done a good job of providing a matchup between competitive teams with many close contests in the game's thirteen-year history.

The history of the Superdome adds to the experience of a game. The venue has hosted several Super Bowls and NCAA championships. It will also host Wrestlemania 30. It also has a dark moment, when it was called Hell on Earth in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. All of this makes this landmark even more special.

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Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 5

The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl may not be a premier BCS bowl site, but the college football bowl games hosted there are consistently some of the most entertaining shoot-outs of the bowl season each year. With tie-ins to both the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA, the game is often overlooked by fans of larger programs. Traditionally, the game is a matchup between the Sun Belt champion (or runner-up) and the 5th seeded team in C-USA. When Conference USA does not have enough eligible teams to fill the slot an at-large team is selected. The inaugural bowl was hosted at the Superdome in 2001 and featured the Colorado State Rams of the Mountain West Conference taking the first bowl trophy over the Sun Belt champion North Texas Mean Green.

The New Orleans Bowl has had two different major corporate sponsors since its inception. The bowl was formerly named the Wyndham New Orleans bowl between 2002 and 2004 and is currently the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and has been since 2006. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome has served as the host of the New Orleans Bowl each year with the exception of 2005 game which was moved to Cajun Field in Lafayette, Louisiana on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette due to significant damage to the Superdome caused by Hurricane Katrina in September of that year.

Though the Superdome is a larger venue than what is necessary for a New Orleans Bowl matchup, there’s no doubt the event atmosphere is elevated by being played in downtown New Orleans and within walking distance of the French Quarter and Bourbon Street. The college bowl season serves as a celebration of successful regular seasons and there may be no better place to celebrate worldwide than Bourbon Street.

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