By A.W. Herndon
BCS National Championship game may not have provided New Orleans
football fans with the high-octane offenses they’ve grown accustom to
seeing, but they will not have to wait until next season for a
championship shootout in the Bayou. ArenaBowl XXV is coming to the city
on August 10, 2012, and that means touchdowns in Nola will be as common
will join the Allstate Sugar Bowl, BCS National Championship game and
the 2012 NCAA Final Four as part of a sports-packed calendar year for
the city, with the Super Bowl coming in 2013.
New Orleans resident and owner of the AFL’s New Orleans Voodoo Dan
Newman, it is no shock that major sports events flock to the city.
Orleans) is a destination because of the culture, food and the
wonderful people,” he said. “People build themselves around entertaining
here and it shows.”
to Newman, it’s attractive for leagues such as the AFL because the city
is a “football town” that consistently rallies behind its teams. He
points to 2007 and 2008, the last time the ArenaBowl was held in New
Orleans as proof of the cities dedication to football. Both games were
“Louisiana is a football Mecca,” Newman said.
season the AFL is returning to hosting its championship game on a
neutral site, its first time since 2008. In last season’s championship,
the Jacksonville Sharks beat the Arizona Rattlers on their home field,
which was given to them due to seeding.
last time we held the ArenaBowl at a neutral-site, New Orleans proved
themselves as great hosts,” AFL Commissioner Jerry Kurz said. “The
entertainment and atmosphere was electric and we cannot wait to
accomplish even more this season.”
and Kurz agreed that this year’s ArenaBowl is slightly different,
however. It’s more than a football game. It will be the celebration of a
historic AFL season.
is our Silver Anniversary of the AFL, and through a variety of events
we want to culminate the season with a bang,” Kurz said. “We have a
week-long schedule of events planned that will be a great experience for
everyone who attends.”
said the events – including a golf tournament, major concert and Silver
Anniversary Gala – will be just a prelude to the main attraction, the
expect nothing less (of what we did in ’07 and’08),” he said. “We’ve
already sold a bunch of tickets, and as the season begins the excitement
around ArenaBowl will grow even more.
That’s good news for everyone, but especially for the New Orleans football fans.
Kentucky was crowned champion last week. LSU was anointed earlier. And in August, it’ll be the ArenaBowl’s turn.