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Ultimate Guide to Allstate Sugar Bowl

Ring in the New Year with college football on January 1, 2024

*Editor's Note: Washington, from the Pac-12 Conference, and Texas, from the Big-12 Conference, will be featured in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Monday, January 1, 2024, in Caesars Superdome. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:45 p.m. (Central) and will be televised by ESPN.

What is the Allstate Sugar Bowl?

This annual NCAA Bowl Game hosts top teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Big 12 Conference for an exciting matchup in the Caesars Superdome. The 2024 game will serve as a College Football Playoff Seminal game, hosting two of the top four teams in the country. The winning team from the Sugar Bowl will go on to face the winning team from the Rose Bowl at the CFP National Championship Game in Houston, Texas. Since 1935, the Sugar Bowl Classic has hosted many of the best coaches, players, and teams in college football history. Fifty-one Hall of Fame coaches have paced the sidelines of the Sugar Bowl, while 19 Heisman Trophy winners and countless All-Americans have shown their skills in this New Orleans event.

Cheryl Gerber, NOTMC
Allstate Sugar Bowl

When is Allstate Sugar Bowl?

The Sugar Bowl is held annually on either December 31 or January 1 – a perfect way to ring in the new year! This year’s game will be held on January 1, 2024.

Which teams will play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl?

Washington, from the Pac-12 Conference, and Texas, from the Big-12 Conference, will be featured in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Rose Bowl will host the other semifinal game.

What are the pre-game events?

The major event surrounding the game is the Sugar Bowl Parade. The parade rolls the day before the game through the French Quarter along Decatur Street, beginning on Elysian Fields. The Parade is scheduled to pass the WDSU main stage on Decatur Street inside the Jax Brewery parking lot, where WDSU will set up for live coverage of the parade. The WDSU broadcast will also be available online for out-of-town fans to enjoy all the excitement.

Fans attending the 90th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl on Monday, January 1, 2024, are invited to converge on Champions Square at the Caesars Superdome to enjoy the Allstate Sugar Bowl Tailgate Town, the official pre-game party. Gates open at 4 p.m. for Tailgate Town while the Allstate Sugar Bowl is scheduled to kick off at 7:45 p.m. Fans must have a game ticket to access Tailgate Town.

When can I buy tickets?

Tickets for the Allstate Sugar Bowl are typically announced in the spring, and can then be purchased through Ticketmaster via the Sugar Bowl site. Additional FAQs can be found here on the Sugar Bowl website.

When should I book my flight/hotel for the Sugar Bowl

Since the holidays are a popular time for travel – especially in New Orleans – you should book your flight and accommodations as soon as you can.


Where should I stay?

There are lots of fun, unique hotels within walking distance of the Superdome, including the Selina Catahoula, Virgin Hotel, Hyatt Regency, and Le Pavillon, If you’re on a budget, check out this year’s Sugar Bowl hotel partners here.

What will the weather be like?

Winters in New Orleans can get chilly and feel even colder due to the moisture in the air. Temperatures range from the low 40s to the mid-60s, so layering is highly recommended.

What should I do outside of the Allstate Sugar Bowl?

The Sugar Bowl is just one of the many fun ways to ring in the new year in NOLA. There’s lots of fun to be had in December and January, so it’s definitely worth it to turn your Sugar Bowl trip into a full-fledged vacation. If you’re in town but aren’t going to the game in person, be sure to check out one of the city’s sports bars to catch all the action surrounded by a lively local crowd.