ATLANTA (AP) – The Peach Bowl has its ninth straight sellout and its most attractive matchup based on rankings, but Gary Stokan dreams of even bigger days.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl president wants to see a Bowl Championship Series game in Atlanta, and he believes the city can support two bowls.

Those dreams actually are being realized this bowl season, but not the way Stokan or anyone else had wanted it to happen.

Hurricane Katrina forced the Sugar Bowl – one of the four BCS bowls – to move from New Orleans to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome for its Jan. 2 matchup of No. 8 Georgia and No. 11 West Virginia. On Dec. 30, Stokan has the Peach Bowl’s first pairing of top 10 teams – No. 9 Miami and No. 10 Louisiana State.

With four of the nation’s top 11 teams playing bowl games in the Georgia Dome, Stokan believes this is an opportunity for the city to show off. The Georgia Dome also is home to the Southeastern Conference championship game, and Stokan says the city would support more big-time college football.

“We’ll have hosted both the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Nokia Sugar Bowl within a matter of four days and they’re both sold out,” Stokan said. “If anything, Atlanta is proving it could certainly be a prospective BCS city if it develops in the future because we’ve proven we can host two big games and sell them both out.”

Atlanta has impressed Sugar Bowl executive director Paul Hoolahan, who has directed the imposing task of moving his game from New Orleans in about two months.

Hoolahan scrambled to come up with a new ticket plan, set up new office space and communications, establish temporary lodging for his staff, find new sponsors to replace those left behind in New Orleans, and secure hotels for Georgia and West Virginia.

Hoolahan said he believes he is on schedule. “I can say that, honestly, we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, no doubt, but I feel 100 percent better than I did 70 or 80 days ago,” he said.

Hoolahan says he is indebted to Atlanta.

“There’s no way we could do it without their help,” he said. “You can see how Atlanta gets things done. They really work well together. There’s no friction. It’s a can-do attitude and they make things happen.”

Stokan can make use of that endorsement if Atlanta applies for a second permanent bowl.

“We’re still considering that,” he said. “We’d have to make a decision by April to present to the NCAA committee if we’re going to go forward with a second bowl.”

The new bowl would be placed early in the postseason schedule, just as Orlando has the Dec. 27 Champs Sports Bowl as a lead-in to the Jan. 2 Capital One Bowl, formerly known as the Citrus Bowl.

For now, the Peach is sharing the Atlanta stage with the visitors from New Orleans.

Each bowl director says he understands the other needs his space.

“Certainly we wanted the (Sugar) bowl to be successful, but we didn’t want to step on his toes,” Stokan said. “We wanted to be in the background because this is the Nokia Sugar Bowl, not the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, and that’s important to Paul.

Hoolahan described the relationship as “independent.”

“We’re very mindful of the fact we’re a visitor in another town,” Hoolahan said. “We certainly respect Gary and the job he does with the Peach Bowl, but we’re such a different animal and we go about our business in a certain way.”

Before the Sugar Bowl staff could visit their offices in the Superdome in hopes of salvaging computer files and equipment, each staffer volunteering for the task had to have three shots as a protection from disease and infections, Hoolahan said. Then the staffers were outfitted with hazardous materials gear.

They found near-total destruction. Hurricane evacuees temporarily housed in the Superdome ravaged the offices. There also was water damage.

“I tell you, it was a wake-up call,” Hoolahan said. “We’d all experienced disruption in the personal side of our lives, but to go into your work space and see everything turned upside down, I realized we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to recreate our office space and get ourselves back up and running.”

Hoolahan credits BellSouth, Comcast and other Atlanta businesses who “made it a priority to give us the service as quickly as they possibly could get it to us so we’d have a mailing address and phone numbers and we could communicate with the real world again.”

Hoolahan is determined to move his bowl back to Louisiana next year. A recent study projects the renovated Superdome can be ready for business by November, but his staff will set up temporary office space in New Orleans within a few months.

Even if the Superdome isn’t ready for the 2006 bowl season, Hoolahan says there should be enough renovated hotel space to play the next Sugar Bowl at LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. If not for a lack of hotel rooms, this season’s game would have been played there.

“We made it clear from the outset we were going back to Louisiana no matter what,” he said.

Stokan agrees the priority is to help the Sugar Bowl return to its home.

“This bowl game is so important for Louisiana,” Stokan said. “That’s why we thought it was the right thing to do, to reach out to help them.”

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