ESPN has named southeast Louisiana the center of the football universe this weekend with the two best games of the week being played in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

#3 LSU takes on #1 Alabama in Tiger Stadium, and president of Visit Baton Rouge Paul Arrigo says the hotels are packed.
“We're going to exceed both the rate and the occupancy of the Georgia game, and that has a lot to do with having a number one and a number three team (college playoff rankings).”

Baton Rouge saw 87% occupancy in hotels for Georgia.

And to top things off in BR, the ESPN College GameDay broadcast will be live on LSU’s campus Saturday for the big matchup. Arrigo says the popular TV program will give the city a chance to show off to the rest of the nation, and hopefully inspire a few trips.

“They are going to be showcasing around the area some of our landmarks, which will be seen nationally. Big opportunity to get some great exposure.”

LSU Bama kicks off at 7 pm Saturday.

And New Orleans expects to see 92% occupancy for Saturday as the Tide floods the Big Easy looking for something fun to do before zooming up I-10 to watch their team in Baton Rouge. New Orleans and Company spokesperson Kristian Sonnier says with frequent trips to the Sugar Bowl and bi-annual trips to Baton Rouge, the city is used to seeing Crimson.

“Alabama travels well, and for games in Baton Rouge they usually extend their stay and tack on a little New Orleans vacation.”

And after that ESPN will be broadcasting live from New Orleans for the Saints/Rams game that has huge implications for both teams playoff seeding. Los Angeles is a new fan base, so you never know what to expect but…

“Forecasting about 70% occupancy Sunday, which is pretty solid. Haven't seen many Rams people in town yet, but I know they are coming,” said Sonnier

Saints/Rams kicks off at 325PM Sunday.

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