Eighty-Six Years of Sugar Bowl Game Program Covers
The iconic silver Sugar Bowl cup that served as the original Sugar Bowl Classic trophy is the most popular and longest standing image related to the game so it is only fitting that it has appeared on more Sugar Bowl program covers than any other item with 40 out of 86 covers. Forty-five times the Sugar Bowl program cover has been a cartoon or drawing, and it wasn’t until the 1980s that a photo of an actual person made an appearance. Since then, only seven program covers have included photos of actual athletes. The original site of the Sugar Bowl, Tulane Stadium, appears nine times, which is matched by its current site, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. A football has graced the Sugar Bowl program cover 29 times, but since the Sugar Bowl is about more than just football, there have been nine instances when another sport has made an appearance on a game program cover.