The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans will be among the first two venues to experience college football's new four-team playoff format, according to ESPN college football reporter Brett McMurphy:
Under the 12-year deal, which begins after the 2014 season, the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio and Allstate Sugar Bowl will be played on Jan. 1 every season whether they are hosting the national semifinals or not.
According to McMurphy's report, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans will each host a national semifinal on New Year's Day 2015. And while both bowls boast years of tradition and outstanding college atmospheres, the Superdome promises to be the perfect site for the debut of college football's new playoff system.
And here's why.
Opened in 1975, the Superdome has been home to the NFL's New Orleans Saints and college football's Sugar Bowl since that year.
Formerly known as the Louisiana Superdome, the stadium has hosted Super Bowls, Final Fours, college national championships, boxing events, motocross, gymnastics and nearly every other sporting event imaginable. The venue became so popular in its first 25-plus years of existence that another college football bowl game was organized to be played there. Since 2001, a pair of college football teams have squared off there in the New Orleans Bowl in the lead-up to the much more anticipated Sugar Bowl.
The capacity inside the dome has remained steady over the years, and nowadays the Superdome can comfortably hold about 73,000 screaming fans.
It doesn't take much to get the Superdome buzzing these days. Just turn on a New Orleans Saints game for a few seconds and you'll be wondering how the players even communicate down on the field.
Often referred to as the Thunderdome, New Orleans's beloved stadium captures the energy of the crowd better than any other building around.
It's certainly ideal that the Superdome is friendly to noise, especially when it comes to hosting a college football game. Sound is everything, and makes up arguably 95 percent of a college game's atmosphere.
Sugar Bowls are highlighted by swarms of screaming supporters and mega marching bands that beat their drums and blow their horns after every big play. And there's no stadium around better suited to maximize on that noise and able to create such a coveted playoff atmosphere.
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