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Sept. 15, 2005 at 2:23 PM

ATLANTA, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- College football officials still hope to stage January's Sugar Bowl in the state of Louisiana, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says.

With the Superdome damaged in Hurricane Katrina, the Jan. 2 game will be forced to find a new home.

Division I-A conference commissioners will meet next week in Chicago to discuss options, which include Louisiana State's Tiger Stadium and Atlanta's Georgia Dome, the Atlanta Journal-Constitutional says.

"Right now, I know that everybody involved, including the SEC, hopes that the game is played in Louisiana," Slive said.

Paul Hoolahan, the game's executive director, has said he'd like to play this season's game at LSU, about 75 miles from New Orleans, but hotel space for the expected 80,000 visitors could be the deciding issue.

Dallas' Cotton Bowl, Houston's Reliant Stadium and Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., are a few of the other venues mentioned as possible sites.

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