City of New Orleans

There isn’t a better city to host a bowl game.  We firmly belief that.  Founded in 1718 at the juncture of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans was named after Philippe, Duc d’Orleans.  The French Quarter was the original settlement.

The city was first inhabited by the French.  But, in 1762 King Louis XIV gave Louisiana to his Spanish cousin, King Charles III.  It was shortly after this that the French Quarter was practically destroyed by fire.  The rebuild was done in Spanish architecture shortly before the land was ceded back to France.  Soon after, Thomas Jefferson purchased it for the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.

This is one of the most unique cities in the world.  There is a mix of European, American, Caribbean, and African influences.  Everything from food, to music, to the architecture is a style of its own.

Of course, New Orleans is famous for Mardi Gras.  It’s the world’s largest party.  A celebration that takes place all over New Orleans and lasts for weeks on end.  There are more than 30 parades that take place in the city.  There are floats, costumes, the famous beads, trinkets and a lot of music leading up to Fat Tuesday.

Speaking of music, a couple of weeks after Mardi Gras New Orleans livens up again for JazzFest.  This is a two-week celebration of famous musicians, celebrating the city’s musical roots, and showcases the best of jazz and blues music.

Why do music and New Orleans go hand in hand?  Because it’s widely regarded as the birthplace of jazz.  Did you know the Utah Jazz were so named because they were originally based in New Orleans?

The food here is both unique and amazing.  You’ll find creole dishes like gumbo, jambala, and crawfish among the most popular fare.

Of course we love that New Orleans gets to host a major bowl game, but did you know the city has also been host to 10 Super Bowls, five Men’s Final Fours, two men’s regional finals, and three Women’s Final Fours?  The city has also hosted a pair of NBA All-Star games and Wrestlemania back in 2014.

Tourism is a big part of the city’s economy.  There are 33,500 hotel rooms, 913 restaurants, 200 limos and busses, 1200 taxis, 137 daily flights coming in, and the 7.1 million annual visitors spend nearly $4.8 billion.

So, whether you come for the Sugar Bowl or just to visit, there is plenty to do an experience in this great part of Louisiana.