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Allstate Sugar Bowl to Sponsor UNO Homecoming Events
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Allstate Sugar Bowl is serving as the title sponsor for the University of New Orleans' Homecoming Week which will feature a much-anticipated baseball game against national power LSU at Zephyr Field, as well as two men's and two women's basketball games at Lakefront Arena.
The Zephyr Field baseball game against LSU (Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m.) will feature the return of legendary coach Ron Maestri, a member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, who returns to the dugout after over 25 years in administrative roles. As the UNO head baseball coach from 1972 to 1985, Maestri directed the Privateers to over 500 victories as well as eight trips to the NCAA Tournament, including the first-ever College World Series trip for a Louisiana school.
While the baseball game will begin at 2 p.m., festivities start at noon with the UNO Homecoming Alumni Tailgate Party. Beginning at 1:40 p.m., UNO's 1974 and 1984 College World Series Teams will be honored.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl UNO Homecoming Week activities begin on Thursday, Feb. 13 with a basketball doubleheader at Lakefront Arena. The Privateer women's team plays Nicholls State at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's team also battling the Colonels at 7:45 p.m.
On Sunday afternoon, fans have the chance to again support UNO Athletics with another basketball doubleheader, this one against McNeese State. The women's game tips off at 2 p.m., followed by the men's game at 4 p.m.
For more information on all UNO Homecoming Week activities, please visit www.UNOPrivateers.com.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier bowl games in the country, having hosted 23 national champions, 86 Hall of Fame players, 46 Hall of Fame coaches and 15 Heisman Trophy winners in its 80-year history. The 81st Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic on January 1, 2015 will be an integral part of a new era in college football as it will be one of the first national semifinal games in the College Football Playoff which begins with the 2014 season. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee is involved with various community initiatives through hosting and sponsorships of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 13,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy in the last decade.