Bayou Classic officials announce package deals


The 40th Annual Bayou Classic has recently announced special hotel rates that have been developed for this year’s weeklong series of events. The rates vary for the event.

Hotel rates start at $69 for Thanksgiving night and $105 per night for the weekend for visitors to this year’s Classic.

The Bayou Classic has proved to be an asset to the tourism industry in New Orleans over the last many years. With the expansion of programming to an entire weeklong series of events, the hospitality industry has embraced the Bayou Classic as a major holiday, tourism economic driver for New Orleans. As such, hoteliers are offering special discounted rates for the duration of the weeklong event.

 “The regional hotel industry is rolling out the red carpet of hospitality for this year’s Bayou Classic,” said Dottie Belletto, president of New Orleans Convention Company, Inc., the management firm of the 40th Annual Bayou Classic. 

“The continued growth of the Bayou Classic has encouraged New Orleans and its hotel industry to offer their best rates for the weeklong celebration that is the 40th Annual Bayou Classic.”

Tickets for the 40th Annual Bayou Classic and the Battle of the Bands & Greek Show are on sale now. Tickets for both events can be purchased at the, Ticketmaster, the New Orleans Arena Box Office, the GSU Ticket Office or the SU Ticket Office.



If you’re going to Bayou Classic

The following hotels are participating with special rates for the Bayou Classic:

Clarion Inn & Suites

1300 Canal Street

 $139 per night


Crown Plaza Airport

2829 Williams Blvd. (in Kenner)

$105 per night


Dauphine Orleans

415 Dauphine St.

$199 per night


French Market Inn

501 Decatur

$119 per night




Hilton Garden Inn

821 Gravier St.

$149 per night


Hilton New Orleans Riverside (Grambling Host Hotel)                                                   

Two Poydras St.

$159 per night


Holiday Inn Downtown – Superdome

330 Loyola Ave.

$69 per night (Thanksgiving night only); $139 per night


Hotel St. Marie

827 Toulouse St.

$169 per night

Hyatt Regency New Orleans (Southern Host Hotel)

601 Loyola Ave.

$99 per night (Thanksgiving night only); $164 per night



444 St. Charles Ave.

$175 per night


Lafayette Hotel

600 St. Charles Ave.

$159 per night


New Orleans Marriott

555 Canal St.

$139 per night




The Bayou Classic ( ) features one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans for a celebration of football, family and the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Proceeds from the annual series of Bayou Classic events provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the SU System Foundation and the Grambling University Foundation.


The Bayou Classic was supported last year by the following organizations for the 39th annual series of events –  State Farm, MillerCoors, US Marine Corps , Toyota, Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board, The Home Depot®, The Coca-Cola Company, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, McDonalds, Cox Louisiana, Louisiana>AIDS (Louisiana Greater Than AIDS), The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, the French Market Corporation, Entergy, Visit Baton Rouge, Jacobs Engineering, State of Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, L’Auberge Baton Rouge, Crystal Hot Sauce, CH2MHILL, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc., the Downtown Development District and 100 Black Men of Atlanta.