The New Orleans Sporting Life

A new exhibit spotlights game-changing moments in “Crescent City Sport.”

Fans in town for the 86th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl and/or the College Football Playoff National Championship will want to huddle at the Historic New Orleans Collection, where they’ll score free admission to the new Crescent City Sport: Stories of Courage and Change exhibit. Examining the important role sports have played in the city’s racial relations and tourism economy since the end of the Civil War, the wide-ranging exhibition touches on everything from boxing and horseracing to sailing and the creation of the New Orleans Saints. Highlights include the original Sugar Bowl Trophy, the Saints’ 2010 Lombardi Trophy, the CPF National Championship Trophy (on view Jan. 10, from 6 to 8 pm, only) and hundreds of rarely seen photos.