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Tulane University Announces Fundraising Campaign for Stadium

Just days after hiring Saints wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson as its new head football coach, Tulane University has announced “Home Field Advantage,” a $70 million fundraising campaign to build a new $60 million on-campus football stadium and provide $10 million in additional support for the Green Wave football program.

Tulane President Scott Cowen and members of the Board of Tulane have already raised $40 million in the private phase of a capital campaign and will begin the public phase for the balance of the support needed to build the proposed Tulane Community Stadium.

The new stadium will be located on Ben Weiner Road, between the Reily Student Recreation Center and the James W. Wilson Jr. Center -- less than a football field away from the original Tulane Stadium. The anticipated capacity is 30,000.                       

One of the art renderings for the planned new stadium for football to be built on Tulane's campus. Click the picture for access to more photos.One of the art renderings for the planned new stadium for football to be built on Tulane's campus. Click the picture for access to more photos.

In addition to being the new home field for the Green Wave, the stadium, which Tulane hopes to complete in time for the 2014 football season, will also serve as a community resource for Orleans Parish public schools, New Orleans Recreation Department activities and Louisiana High School Athletics Association events.                       

“This project will further strengthen the partnership with New Orleans that has defined Tulane since Katrina. It will continue our efforts to empower others to build a better New Orleans. This is an ‘all hands on deck’ moment for Tulane alumni, fans, supporters and everyone who recognizes the value of athletics and community in the lives of our neighborhood children,” Cowen said.  “We need everyone’s help to make the Tulane Community Stadium a reality.”

The stadium will also provide space for convocations, commencements, seminars, lectures and studying.                                            

“The Tulane Community Stadium will unite the athletic and academic missions of Tulane and create a true home field that will change the student’s experience.  The stadium will be built with dedicated private donations and will have a significant and positive impact on our operating economics with income from concessions, advertising, seat licenses and additional ticket sales,” Board of Tulane President Jay Lapeyre said.  â€œIt will also provide an economic boost to the area during the construction phase and for years to come.”                               

Since the stadium will be financed by private donations, its cost will not affect tuition or Tulane’s academic programs.                   

“An on-campus stadium is the ultimate tool for recruiting the best student-athletes and coaches. There’s nothing like it to boost the esprit de corps of a campus and community,” Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson said. “This just makes sense for the university in terms of community bonding, athletics and financial stability.”                   

For more information visit tulanestadium.com, Facebook at http://riptide.me/b7 and follow #TulaneStadium on Twitter.


What they are saying…

“An on-campus stadium for Tulane University would provide a true home field advantage not only for future teams, but for the fans and the entire Tulane and New Orleans community. It is important for our program to have a central location on campus where we can bring the excitement of Green Wave football and celebrate together.  Once completed, I believe the stadium will be the crown jewel of the Tulane campus, as well as defining point of our great city, and a magnificent place for recruits to visit.”

-Curtis Johnson, Tulane Head Football Coach

“Even though I won't be able to play in the new stadium, this will mean a lot to me being an alumni and having the opportunity to watch my younger teammates play in a stadium that we can call our home.  Most of all, we will have a field to defend, to take pride in and a place to call our house!  The Superdome was a great atmosphere to play in but being able to have our whole student population and fan base in walking distance will create a great atmosphere for years to come.”

-Tulane junior linebacker Trent Mackey

"For me to say that the students are excited about a new stadium would truly be an understatement. I think sometimes people forget about Tulane's decorated athletic history. A stadium is the major missing piece of the puzzle for us to reclaim that rich tradition. It'll be great to actually have homecoming at home from now on. Roll Wave."

-Evan Nicoll, President to the Undergraduate Student Government

“The fact that Tulane football is getting a brand new stadium back on campus is going to be great not only for the players but for the entire program. I believe it's going to bring a new excitement and enthusiasm into the players, fans and students as well. More people will be able to attend games creating a home field advantage for our team, a new identity and an unforgettable atmosphere for the players, students and most of all the fans. Having an on-campus stadium will be invaluable.”

-Matt Forte, former Tulane running back/current Chicago Bears running back

“An on-campus stadium will create a true collegiate atmosphere and a real home field advantage. A place for the players, students and fans to call home. It will also help with recruiting both players and coaches.”

-Kevin Hebert, longtime Tulane fan and member of the Tulane Greenbackers

“The one thing absent from my Tulane experience was an on-campus stadium we could defend and truly call our own.  I am very excited to learn, through the gracious contributions of many Greenies that experience will be available to future students, athletes and alumni.”

-Shaun King, former Tulane/NFL quarterback

"This is great time for our Green Wave community. The new stadium will bring us all memories to share throughout generations of students, families, friends and fans. Being on campus, is a national statement that says 'Tulane football is committed to excellence and success on the playing field.’ Wow, it is truly great to be a Tulane Green Wave!"

Mewelde Moore, Former Tulane running back/current Pittsburgh Steelers running back

“This project will further strengthen the partnership with New Orleans that has defined Tulane

since Katrina. It will continue our efforts to empower others to build a better New Orleans. This is an ‘all hands on deck’ moment for Tulane alumni, fans, supporters and everyone who recognizes the value of athletics and community in the lives of our neighborhood children. We need everyone’s help to make the Tulane Community Stadium a reality.”

-Scott Cowen, President, Tulane University

“The Tulane Community Stadium will unite the athletic and academic missions of Tulane and create a true home field that will change the student’s experience.  The stadium will be built with dedicated private donations and will have a significant and positive impact on our operating economics with income from concessions, advertising, seat licenses and additional ticket sales. It will also provide an economic boost to the area during the construction phase and for years to come.”   

- Board of Tulane President Jay Lapeyre

“An on-campus stadium is the ultimate tool for recruiting the best student-athletes and coaches. There’s nothing like it to boost the esprit de corps of a campus and community. This just makes sense for the university in terms of community bonding, athletics and financial stability.”

- Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson 

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Tulane Community Stadium -- Facts & Figures

Official Capital Campaign Name and Goal: Home Field Advantage, $70 million 

Stadium Cost: $60 million

Amount Raised So Far: $40 million.

An additional $10 million will be raised in support of the Green Wave football program, which will bring the Home Field Advantage campaign to $70 million.

Anticipated Capacity: 30,000 

Surface: FieldTurf (Artificial)

Expected Construction Start Date: Sept. 2012 

Expected Construction Completion Date: Prior to the 2014 Football Season 

Location: Ben Wiener Drive between the Reily Center and the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center, directly in the middle of the athletics’ footprint on the uptown campus.

Parking: Tulane has commissioned a study to minimize the impact of parking and traffic issues for its neighbors.

Amenities: There will be club seating on the home side of the stadium, which will have access to a private, upscale club concourse. Above the club concourse will be the President’s Club, which will feature private concessions, luxury seating and space for entertaining groups.

Tickets: All 2012 Football season ticket holders in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and current fiscal year TAF donors will have priority access to purchase season tickets in the new stadium. Those with a history of supporting both TAF and buying season tickets will receive enhanced priority.

Official Website: TulaneStadium.com

Official Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/TulaneU

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