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USEFUL MEDIA NUMBERS AND INFORMATION
Media Relations Contacts

John Sudsbury, 504-828-2440, Cell 504-427-7076, johns@sugarbowl.org
Melissa Stoltz, 504-828-2440, melissas@sugarbowl.org

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2021 Allstate Sugar Bowl Media Schedule

Media Headquarters
Marriott New Orleans Warehouse Arts District
(formerly the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center)
859 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

2021 Allstate Sugar Bowl Credential Pick-up at Media Hotel
Gravier Ballroom
Tuesday, December 29, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, December 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
GAME DAY: Friday, January 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Credentials will NOT be available for pickup at the Superdome on Game Day.

Important Superdome Phone Numbers
Security Phone: 587-3900


MEDIA GUIDELINES

All policies for the 2021 Allstate Sugar Bowl remain tentative due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation evolves, we will update this information.

Media Hotel
The Marriott New Orleans Warehouse Arts District (formerly the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center) is the media hotel. A reduced media rate of $176 per night (plus taxes) has been secured. It is located at 859 Convention Center Blvd., about a mile east of the Superdome.

Complimentary internet will be available in the guest rooms.

All interviews will take place virtually.

Credential Pick-Up
Credential pick-up is located in the Gravier Ballroom. No credential changes will be made after pickup. All credentials will have photos and a photo ID must be shown to pick up credentials.

There will be no credential pickup at the Superdome. Credentialed media must pick up their credentials at the Marriott at the Convention Center by 3 p.m. on January 1.

Press Conferences
All press conferences will be conducted virtually.

Media Materials
There will not be any hard copies of media materials – all items such as media guides, bowl guides and record books will only be available online. Quotes and game-week notes will only be available online at www.AllstateSugarBowl.org.

Media Meals
Limited “grab-and-go” style meals will be available for working media at designated times in the media hotel. There will NOT be a media party.

Media Services
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will have daily information, including quotes, updated on its website at www.AllstateSugarBowl.org.

We will not fax/email individual information to out-of-town media outlets. Out-of-town media may obtain information from our website.

Shuttle Service
There will be a free shuttle service from the media hotel to the game. Hotel parking in New Orleans tends to be expensive; a rental car should not be necessary.

Practice Sites
There will not be any practice availabilities with the teams at this year’s Sugar Bowl.


GAME DAY

Media Entrance/Will Call
All media must enter the Superdome through the Media Entrance located at Gate A Ground (Poydras Street side of Superdome). The media entrance will open at 4 p.m. There will NOT be a media will call for credential pickup at the Superdome. Credentialed media must pick up their credentials at the Marriott at the Convention Center by 4 p.m. on January 1.

Parking
There is no media parking at the Superdome. Members of the media are encouraged to take the Media Shuttle to and from the Superdome before and after the game.

Building Access
Media without field access will enter the Superdome at Gate A Ground and proceed up the escalators. The non-field photo work room is located on the mezzanine level at the top of the first escalator. Media with press box access should take the escalator to Level 1 and then proceed to Elevators 7 or 8 (counter clockwise on concourse) to access the press box (Level 7). Once you enter the press box, you must remain there through the game.

Pre-Game Meal
A pre-game boxed meal will be served in the press box and in the photographer work rooms starting at 4:30 p.m.

Press Box
The main press box in the Superdome is located at the top level. Media members can use Elevator 7 or 8 to get to the press box (take to level 7). In addition, the press box is located in the path of the air conditioning vents for the Superdome – dress warmly.

Press Box Services
3rd Floor Television Area – Network TV ONLY
7th Floor Press Area – Writers, Radio and non-network TV
Field Level – Limited to ONLY approved field photographers

Members of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee and staff will be on hand in all media areas to assist with your questions and needs.

Press box seating charts will be located near the elevators and inside the press area. They will also be posted in the media hotel in the days leading up to the game.

All media seats in the 7th floor press box will have a game program and flip card. No printed materials will be distributed during or after the game. Stats, notes and other information will be available online.

All photographers and videographers who have been approved for field access can pick up photo vests and flip cards at the photographer check-in point located near the elevator 9 field entrance.

Trophy presentations to the winning team will be held on the field.

The team post-game press conferences will all be conducted virtually.

Media that doesn’t have field access for the game is not allowed on the field before or after the game. PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH FIELD ACCESS MUST REMAIN OFF THE ACTUAL PLAYING SURFACE AT ALL TIMES – INCLUDING BEFORE AND AFTER THE GAME – PHOTOS OF CELEBRATIONS AND HAND-SHAKES MUST BE MADE FROM THE SIDELINES.

Internet Access
Free hard-wire (and wireless) internet access is available in the 7th Floor Press Box areas, as well as the photo workrooms, compliments of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN ETHERNET CABLE TO PLUG IN. If you have trouble logging on, please ask an Allstate Sugar Bowl Press Box representative for assistance.

Post-Game Cooling Off Periods
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 virtual post game press conferences. 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.

Postgame Virtual Interviews
All postgame interviews will be conducted via Zoom. There will be four Zoom options for media covering the game:

Zoom Room 1: Runner-Up Head Coach
Zoom Room 2: Runner-Up Players
Zoom Room 3: Winning Head Coach
Zoom Room 4: Winning Team Players

The virtual press conferences will begin as soon as the teams are ready – this means that all four rooms could be active at the same time. With the Sugar Bowl expected to end after 11 p.m., we need to make as many interview opportunities available as quickly as possible. Please plan accordingly.

A stenography service will provide a full transcript of both head coaches from their postgame press conferences – the fastest way you will receive this is in your email.

The press box will remain open for two hours following the end of the game.

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