Allstate Sugar Bowl – Writer Information
Free hard-wire (and wireless) internet access is available in the 7th Floor Press Box areas. The media workroom on the field level has limited hard-wire connections with full wireless coverage, compliments of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN ETHERNET CABLE TO PLUG IN.
During game week, we will have selected quotes from each press conference available on our website. We recommend that you bookmark this site in order to have the quickest access to quotes – the quotes will be posted here faster than hard copies can be distributed. For the head coach press conferences on December 31 and for the postgame press conferences, we will have the full transcript available online and distributed to writers in attendance. For media day, we will have selected quotes from seven players and the full head-coach transcript for each team. All quotes will also be emailed.
The main press box in the Superdome is located at the top level (you may want to consider binoculars). Media members can use Elevator 7 or 8 to get to the press box. Be aware, the press box is located in the path of the air conditioning vents for the Superdome – dress warmly.
Interview Rooms and Access
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.
In addition, the locker rooms will be open for 20 minutes, beginning when the coach leaves for the interview room. If you choose to go to the locker room for interviews, you may not get access to the coach or the players brought to the main interview room.
No Video Cameras in Locker Rooms
Videography will not be permitted in the locker room after the game. This includes videography with cameras, phones, tablets and any other video recording devices. No live transmission of video, social streaming or live audio from the locker room will be permitted during the open locker room session.
We will bring a minimum of four top players into a separate area for postgame on-camera interviews.
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. The winning team’s cooling off period will begin after the conclusion of the trophy presentation. The locker rooms will be open to the media for 30 minutes following the cooling off period, but only AFTER requested players depart for the formal press conference.
POST GAME FIELD INTERVIEWS WITH PLAYERS FROM THE WINNING TEAM ONLY are allowed, but not with the head coach or MVPs who will be proceeding directly to the trophy presentation.
Video for Websites
We do not allow hand-held video cameras in the press conference rooms. Media wishing to post video from the press conferences on its website must supply a flash drive and the video files will be loaded to the drive for you.
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.