Devlin Fieldhouse

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Devlin Fieldhouse
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Former names Tulane Gym (1933–1988)
Avron B. Fogelman Arena (1988-2012)
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 4,100[1]
Surface Hardwood
Construction
Broke ground 1931
Opened October 15, 1933
Renovated 1988, 2012
Construction cost $211,403
($3.85 million in 2015 dollars[2])
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 4,100-seat,[1] multi-purpose arena built in 1933 on Tulane University's Uptown campus in New Orleans, Louisiana. It has always been home to the Tulane Green Wave men's and women's basketball teams and the women's volleyball team. Devlin is the 9th-oldest continuously active basketball venue in the nation.[3]

Tulane Gym and Fogelman Arena eras[edit]

Construction of Tulane Gym 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. In 1969 and 1970, the gym was home to the New Orleans Buccaneers of the American Basketball Association.[5] 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.[6] Fogelman Arena played host to the Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament in 1999 and 2009.[7][8] In 2008 Barack Obama spoke to a capacity crowd in Fogelman as part of his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president.[9]

Devlin Fieldhouse era[edit]

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. 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.[10] Phase two was completed prior to the 2014 volleyball season. It increased the number of restrooms and rebuilt the visitor locker rooms, officials' locker room, and laundry facility. Work continued in 2015 with the installation of new energy-efficient windows and painting and other minor upgrades.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2014-15 Tulane Basketball Prospectus". tulanegreenwave.com. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Tulane Unveils Devlin Fieldhouse, the Newly Restored Facility for Basketball, Volleyball". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Brinkley, Douglas (2007). Gerald R. Ford. New York, NY: Times Books. pp. 89–98. ISBN 0-8050-6909-7. 
  5. ^ http://www.remembertheaba.com/New-Orleans-Buccaneers.html
  6. ^ "Fogelman Arena". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Devlin Fieldhouse". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tulane to Host 2009 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship at Fogelman Arena". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Obama packs house at Tulane". February 6, 2008. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Tulane women's basketball team wins 66–59, avoiding Louisiana Tech comeback attempt". nola.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Devlin Fieldhouse". tulanegreenwave.com. Retrieved January 21, 2015.