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Allstate Sugar Bowl – Television Coverage Information

Superdome Media Layout (to be updated by Dec. 15)

CFP Vaccination Requirement
          Per College Football Playoff policies, proof of vaccination will be required for all media covering the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Media will be required to present proof of vaccination when picking up their credentials and when accessing the Superdome, as well as for other events.

Frequency Coordination
          All media outlets that indicated (when applying for credentials) they would be using any sort of wireless transmission devices during their coverage of the Allstate Sugar Bowl should have received an emailed form to fill out with your equipment details. In addition to filling out that form, all media outlets using any sort of wireless devices MUST register their devices with the Allstate Sugar Bowl frequency coordinator (located at the Northwest Tunnel to the field, across from Elevator 9) on game day. If you have questions regarding frequency information, please contact Tim Landry at timlandry2012@charter.net or 985-966-1125.

Pregame Stand-Ups
          The Northwest corner of the Superdome field will be available for stand-ups until 7 p.m. (Central) on game day. Postgame live shots are not allowed until the end of the game (0:00 on the clock). Access to the Superdome for live shots earlier in the day is possible by requesting in advance. Please understand that bands will be practicing throughout the day and it may not be a good option due to the noise.

If you would like to purchase an Ethernet line to the pregame stand-ups location, contact Superdome IT Services at ITservices@asmneworleans.com by Friday, Dec. 10. Rates start at $300. Please copy John Sudsbury ((johns@sugarbowl.org) on all requests.

Parking at the Caesars Superdome
We have limited parking for satellite trucks in Lot 3 at the Superdome from December 30-January 1. As there is a Saints game the next afternoon, all satellite trucks using this lot must be moved by 3 a.m. on January 2. Please contact John Sudsbury (johns@sugarbowl.org, 504-427-7076) about reserving a space and payment for your spot. The rate is $250 and the building accepts credit cards, cash and company checks; payment must be made in advance of arrival. This lot is not cabled to the field.

Live Shots Via Satellite Truck
          The satellite truck parking lot is not cabled to the field. If you need to have cabled connectivity between your truck and the live shot, you will need to plan to do your live shots from outside the Superdome.

Live Shots Via Live-U/TV-U Packs
          Please clear any use of TV-U or LIVE-U packs in ADVANCE with our frequency coordinator. If you would like to rent a dedicated Ethernet line at field level for LIVE-U, please contact IT Services (ITServices@asmneworleans.com) and cc John Sudsbury (johns@sugarbowl.org). Rates start at $300.

LOCAL CAMERAS ON FIELD
         Television stations approved for credentials will be allowed to have access to the field for ONE camera during the game. The ESPN feed will be available for recording in the Press Conference Warehouse. Television personnel without assigned seats in the press box can use the Media Work Room on the ground level to work during the game. Full crews will be allowed to return to the field at the end of the game (0:00 on the clock) for interviews and live reports.

Field/Sideline Rules
          The sidelines feature two striped lines. Photographers will be allowed to kneel between the white and yellow lines. Standing photographers may stand up to the yellow limit line. All other personnel, including runners, must stand back off the yellow line to avoid congesting the area. Please understand that the network rightsholder (ESPN) cameras and parab mike holders will be standing ON the white line. Photographers must also stay outside the team bench area (between the 20-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 game 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.

No Access to Playing Surface
          Only a limited number of pool photographers will be allowed access to the actual playing surface during the postgame celebrations. All other photographers/media members are NOT allowed on the actual playing surface at any time. This means that when the game is over, photographers, camera operators and media members shall NOT run onto the field to shoot/film/document the celebrations. All of that must be done from the sidelines.
          Any violations of these rules may result in immediate and future sanctions for both the individuals and agencies they represent.

Press Conference Feeds
          All official press conference audio and video is only available from our official feed. Please make sure you have the proper equipment and cables to receive this feed (the press conferences will be available via FTP and we can also simply copy the files onto a flash drive upon request). Composite video is via BNC, and audio (mic or line level) is via XLR. If you are capturing our feed to a personal computer, you will need adapters to connect your capture device (Canopus, Elgato, Etc.) to the mult. Generally, the capture devices use RCA connectors as inputs – Thus, for video, you will need BNC to RCA male, and for audio, you will need XLR female to RCA male. Recording on a VCR or camera will require BNC to the input on the device, generally BNC, and XLR female to the input on the device, generally XLR male.  SDI/HD video with embedded audio is via BNC. You will have the ability to pull a separate audio feed via XLR if needed.  For further information, please contact Ray Garofalo (Ray@TheProlineGroup.com). Television stations will use their own cameras for the offense and defense availabilities on December 29 and 30  (audio mult boxes will be available) as well as for any available practice footage.

Interview Rooms
          After the game, media will have access to the interview warehouse on the ground level. The runner-up coach and two players will be available on the main platform of the interview warehouse area. The winning coach and two players will be available after the cooling off period. We will feed the post-game interview sessions from the interview warehouse to the television monitors in the main press box.

Locker Rooms Are Closed
          Both team locker rooms are closed to the media. We will bring a minimum of four top players into a separate area for postgame on-camera interviews.

Post-Game
          The following guidelines have been established by the College Football Playoff to be followed for the media events of the Allstate Sugar Bowl:
          There will be a 10-minute cooling off period for the runner-up team before the head coach and two players appear at the post-game press conference. The winning team will be entitled to a 20-minute cooling off period before its representatives are brought to the designated media areas. The winning team’s cooling off period will begin after the conclusion of the trophy presentation.

POST GAME FIELD INTERVIEWS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

Out-of-Town
          We have an ftp site which will have video from all of our press conferences (not the full press conference, usually 5-10 minutes). We upload high-quality standard def .mov files. For questions on this, please contact Bill Dalton at billd@fireflydigital.com.

Possible Live Shots/Stand-ups/New Orleans stories
          We will attempt to help with locations for possible live shots and stand-ups during the week. Mary Beth Romig (mbromig@neworleans.com, 504-566-5019) with the New Orleans & Company may also be able to assist with potential locations, as well as with possible story ideas relating to the city.

Game Day Media Meal
          The media meal will be served in the Crown Royal Signature Club (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.

Pep Rallies
          Any information on team-specific pep rallies will be posted when available.

Live Satellite Feed
          The postgame press conferences for the Allstate Sugar Bowl will be available via High Definition live satellite feeds. 

HD Feed – Postgame (1/1/22)
Time: 12 a.m.-3 a.m. (EST) – date is actually January 2, but this is for the post-game after the January 1 game.
Coordinates to be posted by 12/15/21.

Trouble: Dan Teachworth (dan@satctr.com, 504-915-8244)
Uplink Company: Satellite Center New Orleans

11/18/21

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