Yulman Stadium

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Yulman Stadium
Yulman Stadium rendering.jpg
Full name Benson Field at Yulman Stadium
Location Ben Weiner Drive
New Orleans, LA 70118
Coordinates 29°56′41″N 90°07′01″W / 29.94482°N 90.116816°W / 29.94482; -90.116816Coordinates: 29°56′41″N 90°07′01″W / 29.94482°N 90.116816°W / 29.94482; -90.116816
Broke ground January 28, 2013[1]
Opened September 6, 2014 (estimated)[2]
Owner Tulane University
Operator Tulane University
Surface FieldTurf
Construction cost $75 million[3]
Architect Gould Evans & Associates
Lee Ledbetter & Associates
Services engineer MCC Group[4]
General contractor Woodward Design+Build[5]
Capacity 30,000
Executive suites 4,500 Club Seats
Website yulmanstadium.com
Tenants
Tulane Green Wave (NCAA)

Yulman Stadium is a football stadium that is being built in New Orleans for the Tulane Green Wave football program. It is currently due to have a capacity of 30,000 spectators, with 4,500 premium seats in two fan clubs - the Upper Level Club and the Jill H. and Avram B. Glazer Family Club. The stadium was scheduled to be completed in July 2014 but will likely be delayed, opening for a football game against Georgia Tech on September 6, 2014.[2][6][7][8]

The site of the stadium is on the university's Uptown campus, between the Tulane baseball team's Turchin Stadium and the former site of Tulane Stadium, in what the University refers to as its "Athletic Footprint."[8] It will occasionally host high school football games for some of New Orleans' high school teams.

History[edit]

University representatives initially named the stadium "Tulane Community Stadium" but revealed its official name in late 2012. Richard Yulman, the former chair/owner of Serta and a member of the Board of Tulane, and his wife donated $15 million toward construction of the project, gaining naming rights to the stadium in the process. The stadium’s field will be known as Benson Field, after New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his wife Gayle, who jointly donated $7.5 million from the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation.[9]

Stadium features[edit]

The Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club will be the premier club-level seating in the stadium, with 1,500 chair back seats, two club rooms, a bar, expanded concessions, and a large meeting space. The remainder of Yulman's premium seating will be 3,000 chair back seats in the Westfeldt Terrace. This section is located directly above the Glazer Club and is covered by a canopy, has a panorama view of the New Orleans skyline, and features premium concessions, including traditional New Orleans dishes.[10][11]

The stadium will feature two elevated club decks on the home side, envisioned for large groups viewing each game, and a large-scale meeting space will be located on the ground level for use year-round. The entry space in front of the stadium, known as the Athletes Plaza, will be used for pep rallies and pre- and post-game activities. The field's endzones will feature a green and white checkerboard pattern such as that in the original Tulane Stadium.[10]

Barry Kern from Mardi Gras World will reportedly create a feature for the home side of the stadium that will be visible on television cameras. Yulman features a 94-by-24-foot LED video board, as well as two ribbon displays, all made by Daktronics.[11][12]

Construction gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dall, Tania (January 30, 2013). "Demolition Begins on Tulane Stadium, Neighbors Still Concerned". WWL (New Orleans). Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Kushner, Scott (October 6, 2013). "Cowen: Yulman Stadium 'probably' Won't Be Ready for 2014 Opener". The New Orleans Advocate. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tulane AD talks momentum, stadium". 247 Sports. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Entertainment". MCC Group. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tulane University Football Stadium". Woodward Design+Build. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tulane University Announces Fundraising Campaign for Stadium" (Press release). Tulane University. December 8, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Call It Yulman Stadium". Tulane Athletics. November 1, 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Nunez, Tammy (December 8, 2011). "Tulane Plans to Build a 30,000-Plus Seat On-Campus Football Stadium". The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ Nunez, Tammy (November 1, 2012). "Tulane's New Venue Will Be Called Yulman Stadium". The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Yulman Stadium Amenities". Tulane University. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Scott Kushner. "In Yulman Stadium, Tulane strives for unique home, 'taste of New Orleans'". The New Orleans Advocate. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tulane University Adds Daktronics Video Display System to Power Green Wave Football Fans". Daktronics Inc. March 25, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Louisiana / Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Home of the
Tulane Green Wave

Expected to begin in 2014
Succeeded by
current