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Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic moves to The Barn
February 3, 2010

2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic is Feb. 20 at The Barn           NEW ORLEANS — The Crosstown Classic basketball doubleheader is keeping its sponsor and moving to a familiar venue in 2010.
     Xavier University of Louisiana announced Wednesday that the Allstate Sugar Bowl will sponsor for the second straight year when Xavier plays host to Dillard in men's and women's games on Saturday, Feb. 20 — and the games have been moved to The Barn. The women's game will tip off at 5 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7 p.m.
     New Orleans Arena had been the site when Xavier played host to Dillard in six of the previous nine seasons, including 2008 and 2009. Sugar Bowl and Xavier officials agreed this past week to continue their relationship and move this season's doubleheader to Xavier's campus.
     "We at Xavier thank the Allstate Sugar Bowl organization for their continued investment and support of Xavier University," Xavier President Dr. Norman C. Francis said. "The gift is truly appreciated and will continue to assist the university in its historic mission of educating deserving students."
     This will be the second time since 1999 that The Barn is the site of a Xavier-Dillard doubleheader. The other time was on Jan. 27, 2007. The Xavier-Dillard men's series, which the Gold Rush leads 71-47, dates to January 1948 and is the oldest college basketball rivalry involving two New Orleans teams.
     "We're proud to sponsor the Crosstown Classic again this year," said Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan. "The Sugar Bowl has been part of the city's sports culture for over 75 years and we're excited to partner with the unique history and tradition of the Xavier-Dillard rivalry that has been such an important part of the New Orleans sports landscape for over 50 years now."
     Because of limited seating in the Xavier gymnasium, there will be a free and live closed-circuit broadcast of the doubleheader at Xavier's University Center in the third-floor ballroom. Only those with a valid Xavier identification card may attend the viewing at the UC.
     Tickets for Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic will go on sale Tuesday (Feb. 9) at The Barn. General admission will cost $10. Tickets for children younger than 12 will cost $3. Xavier students can purchase one ticket for $5 with a valid Xavier identification card. The discounted student tickets will be available Feb. 9-12 at The Barn during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Student tickets will cost $10 after Feb. 12. No passes or pass list will be honored for this event.
     Additional features of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crosstown Classic will include Rush/Nuggets Alumni Weekend, Nuggets Senior Night — Brittany Powell and LaTashia Wise will be honored at halftime of the women's game — and a men's halftime ceremony honoring former Gold Rush Coach Denny Alexander and former Gold Nuggets Coach Janice Joseph-Richard.
     Former Rush and Nuggets players planning to attend can go online for a PDF flyer which includes discounted hotel information.
     Both Xavier teams will be trying for a two-game regular-season sweep of Dillard, their longtime city, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and HBCU rival. On Saturday the Gold Nuggets defeated Dillard 69-40, and the Gold Rush — aided by a rally in the final two minutes of regulation — won 72-67 in overtime in the Bleu Devil Classic at Lakefront Arena.

 

 
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