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Sugar Bowl fans party in New Orleans ahead of game


NEW ORLEANS - In less than 24 hours, Oklahoma and Alabama face off in the Sugar Bowl. Fans in town from both teams say they couldn't have asked for a better city to explore in the days leading up to the big game.

At the Allstate Fan Fest Wednesday, talk centered on the celebration hosted by the City of New Orleans on New Year's Eve. "It was wonderful, it was breathtaking," said Alabama fan Wanda Webber.

Oklahoma fan Dominick Bramante adds, "You never really knew it was raining because the crowd was alive, so it was fun."

In addition to all the fans, the marching bands and cheerleaders from both Oklahoma and Alabama traveled here. Wednesday's goal: to pump up the crowds for the highly anticipated match-up in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Not that these folks needed any help. Mike Baggett may have been the most devoted fan we met. Baggett has an "A" tattooed on his neck.

"I wanted to put it where everybody would notice, it so that's why I did it," Baggett said.

The love for both of these teams certainly runs deep. The number of people in the Quarter proves it.

Oklahoma fan Don Franks explains, "Alabama and Oklahoma both travel real well with their teams, so we know there's gonna be a lot of crimson from both schools."

In between cheering on their teams and participating in what we're told is a friendly rivalry, most say they've loved taking in all that New Orleans has to offer. "It's the atmosphere, the partying, the love, just the old buildings - it's amazing," said Alabama fan Doris Franklin.

Oklahoma fan Harry Marrs adds, "Great atmosphere and everybody is really friendly."

But don't be mistaken, these people are all really here for one reason: to see some good football.

"The Sugar Bowl used to be the game of the century so we're back, 92 and 2013, here we go," said Alabama fan Annette Parker.

Oklahoma fan Terry Hurst adds, "We're very hopeful that we're going to have an upset tomorrow."

The Sugar Bowl kicks off Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the dome.


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