Bayou extension expected soonNegotiations to keep the Bayou Classic in New Orleans could be finalized in two weeks, a Southern University official said Friday. Southern University Board of Supervisors member Ralph Slaughter expects negotiations to wrap up in the next two weeks.
"We're working with the (Greater New Orleans) Hotel-Motel Association to offer reasonable rates that are comparable to other events such as the Essence festival down there," he said.
Both universities have accused New Orleans - particularly the Greater New Orleans Hotel-Motel Association - in the past of hiking prices during the annual event, which draws up to 70,000 fans.
The board at its Friday meeting in Shreveport adopted a resolution that will request the state to support the Bayou Classic in a tangible, financial way as they do with other big games in the state - such as the Independence Bowl and Sugar Bowl.
Both Southern and Grambling State universities have engaged in discussions with officials from the Superdome, the hotel/motel association, New Orleans tourist bureau and city council of New Orleans - and more recently Governor Mike Foster - to lower rates in hotels, parking and other accommodations for the annual event.
The 10-year agreement between both universities and New Orleans expired last year.
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