Devlin Fieldhouse

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Devlin Fieldhouse
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Former names Tulane Gym (1933–1988)
Avron B. Fogelman Arena (1998–2012)
Location McAlister Place at Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Coordinates 29°56′19″N 90°07′14″W / 29.93861°N 90.12056°W / 29.93861; -90.12056
Owner Tulane University
Operator Tulane University
Capacity 3,600
Surface Hardwood
Construction
Broke ground 1931
Opened October 15, 1933
Renovated 1988, 2012
Construction cost $211,403
($3.85 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Armstrong & Koch
Burk, Lebreton, & Lamantia (renovations)
Tenants
Tulane Green Wave (NCAA) 1933–present
New Orleans Buccaneers (ABA) 1969–1970
Website
Devlin Fieldhouse

Devlin Fieldhouse is a 3,600-seat, multi-purpose arena built in 1933 on Tulane University's Uptown campus in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Fieldhouse is the on-campus home of the Tulane Green Wave men's and women's basketball teams and the women's volleyball team, and it is the 9th-oldest active basketball venue in the nation.[2] Tulane Gym was the home of the New Orleans Buccaneers of the American Basketball Association for the 1969-70 season.[3]

Construction of Tulane Gym (as it was known then) began in 1931 with funds earned from the football team's appearance in the 1932 Rose Bowl, and as a result it was known for many years around campus as "Rose Bowl Gym." During World War II, the building housed V-12 students, and in 1975 it was the site of President Gerald Ford's speech announcing the end of US involvement in the Vietnam War.[4] In 1988 the university embarked on the first extensive remodel and refurbishment of the 55-year-old structure, timed to coincide with the return of the men's basketball program from its three-season dormancy in the wake of a point shaving scandal involving future NBA player John "Hot Rod" Williams. Upon completion in 1989, Tulane Gym was renamed "Avron B. Fogelman Arena" in honor of the Memphis businessman and Tulane alumnus whose donations funded the project.[5] Fogelman Arena has played host to the Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament twice, in 1999 and 2009.[6][7]

2012 Interior Renovations

Immediately after the 2011–12 basketball season, Tulane embarked on a major, two-phase renovation of the arena with funds provided by longtime supporters Bob and Kate Devlin. Phase One, including new lighting, ticket booths, chair-back seats, concrete supports, contoured bench seating, concessions, team shop, and club areas, was completed in time for the 2012–13 basketball season. Additionally the acoustical ceiling was removed to reveal the original red wood ceiling and steel structure. The newly renovated Fieldhouse opened on November 9, 2012, with a women's basketball game versus the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters, a 66–59 victory for the Green Wave.[8] Phase Two includes new laundry facilities, restrooms, windows, scoreboard, concessions, and locker rooms, and is scheduled to begin after the 2012–13 basketball season.[2] These renovations have allowed for future seating expansion as demand dictates.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Tulane Unveils Devlin Fieldhouse, the Newly Restored Facility for Basketball, Volleyball". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.remembertheaba.com/New-Orleans-Buccaneers.html
  4. ^ Brinkley, Douglas (2007). Gerald R. Ford. New York, NY: Times Books. pp. 89–98. ISBN 0-8050-6909-7. 
  5. ^ "Fogelman Arena". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Devlin Fieldhouse". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tulane to Host 2009 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship at Fogelman Arena". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tulane women's basketball team wins 66–59, avoiding Louisiana Tech comeback attempt". nola.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Live Chat with Rick Dickson". tulanegreenwave.com. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2012-12-26.