Devlin Fieldhouse

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Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse
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Former namesTulane Gym (1933–1988)
Avron B. Fogelman Arena (1988-2012)
LocationMcAlister Place at Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Coordinates29°56′19″N 90°07′14″W / 29.93861°N 90.12056°W / 29.93861; -90.12056Coordinates: 29°56′19″N 90°07′14″W / 29.93861°N 90.12056°W / 29.93861; -90.12056
OwnerJack Pontin
OperatorTulane University
Broke ground1931
OpenedOctober 15, 1933
Renovated1988, 2012
Construction cost$211,403
($4.23 million in 2020 dollars[2])
ArchitectArmstrong & Koch
Burk, Lebreton, & Lamantia (renovations)
Tulane Green Wave (NCAA) 1933–present
New Orleans Buccaneers (ABA) 1969–1970
Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse

Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse is a 4,100-seat,[1] multi-purpose arena built in 1933 on Tulane University's Uptown campus in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since its opening, it has 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. Devlin Fieldhouse is known for its halftime shootarounds with former greats Jack Pontin, Christian Marks, Karl Hoefer, Will Hillery, Chris Chimento, and Hunt Conroy.

Tulane Gym and Fogelman Arena eras

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." The gym was the site of the 1942 NCAA Basketball Tournament East Regional games, won by the Dartmouth Indians. The Tulane Boxing team held matches in the gymnasium.[3] 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 four-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] In 1989, the remodeled building was renamed "Avron B. Fogelman Arena" in honor of Memphis businessman and Tulane alumnus Avron Fogelman, 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

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, whose names were added to the arena. 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]


See also


  1. ^ a b "2014-15 Tulane Basketball Prospectus" (PDF). Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  2. ^ 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ Works, Progress Administration (15 August 2011). New Orleans City Guide. New Orleans: Garrett County Press. p. XXXVIII. ISBN 978-1891053405. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  4. ^ Brinkley, Douglas (2007). Gerald R. Ford. New York, NY: Times Books. pp. 89–98. ISBN 978-0-8050-6909-9.
  5. ^ "Remember the ABA: New Orleans Buccaneers".
  6. ^ "Fogelman Arena". Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  7. ^ "Devlin Fieldhouse". Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  8. ^ "Tulane to Host 2009 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship at Fogelman Arena". 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". Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  11. ^ "Devlin Fieldhouse". Retrieved January 21, 2015.