Allstate Sugar Bowl – Photographer Information

Photography Check-in
          The Photographer Check-in area (Northwest Tunnel, across from Elevator 9) is where photographers will pick up their vests prior to gaining access to the field. In order to have a camera on the field, you MUST have a photo vest. There will be a mandatory pre-game photographers’ meeting at approximately 5 p.m. (check for signage on game day) in the Media Work Room.

Superdome Media Layout (PDF)

Field Rules
          The sidelines feature two striped lines. All photographers must remain behind the yellow line. Photographers should kneel on the line to allow other photographers to stand behind them. All other personnel, including runners, must stand back off the yellow line to avoid congesting the area. The only personnel allowed to cross the yellow striped line are camera operators for the network rightsholder (ESPN). Photographers must also stay outside the team bench area (between the 25-yard lines on both ends of the field).

No cameras, still or video, are allowed in the bench area. Any media found in the bench area will be removed from the field permanently.

The End Zone line is kneeling only; if you wish to shoot from a standing position you must stand back against the wall.

Space on the sideline and end zone is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

          When not actively working with a photographer or in transit, messengers must remain away from the standing lines to give space for the working photographers. At no time will messengers be allowed to kneel or loiter along the sidelines.

Game Over
          Photographers, messengers and television personnel are not allowed on the field or inside the team bench area until the game is over. “Game over” is defined as follows:

  • No time remaining on the clock and one team has a lead.
  • No timeouts left and the team in the lead has the ball and there is less than 39 seconds remaining on the game clock and the quarterback has knelt down to run out the clock.

          Any violations of “game over” rules may result in immediate and future sanctions for both the individuals and agencies they represent.

          There will be a trophy presentation for the winning team on a stage on the field. Photographers must remain behind the stanchions. We will have two camera platforms behind the player corrale – space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Game-Week Opportunities
          There will be a variety of photo opportunities throughout the week leading up to the game. We post the Media Schedule on our website. Check the tabs under “Media” for further information.

Digital Work Area
          The primary digital work area is located on the ground level of the Superdome at Elevator 8. When entering the Dome at Gate A, turn right and follow to Elevator 8. It is immediately after the elevator on the right. There are Ethernet connections at every seat. Please bring your own Ethernet cable.

Digital Overflow
          Any photographers not assigned seats in the primary Digital Work Area can use space in the Media Work Room, located between Elevators 8 and 9. There will be limited Ethernet connections available, as well as wireless.

Game Day Media Meal
                The media meal will be served in the West Bunker Suite (Gate G) on the ground level of the Superdome from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Halftime snacks will be provided in the main press box as well as in the Media Work Room on ground level.