Something good is coming to Uptown New Orleans. Although Tulane won’t make it official until early next month, the Green Wave athletic department just eclipsed a $40 million fundraising goal and will proceed with an on-campus football stadium.
Athletic Director Rick Dickson has been quietly raising tens of millions of dollars for the Green Wave to get back to playing its games in Uptown. Saints owner Tom Benson is in for $5 million. Another NFL team owner, Malcolm Glazer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is also a major contributor. Benson’s gift, by the way, put Tulane over the top of their fund raising goal.
The stadium is being designed by the world class architectural firm of HOK out of Kansas City. The open-air stadium, expected to cost close to $60 million, will seat 30,000 fans.
Tulane’s new on-campus stadium is on an ambitious timeline, too. The Wave would like to break ground by next summer and move into their new digs by October of 2013. That means just 2 years from now, if all goes as planned, Tulane will be playing football, on campus, in their brand new state-of-the-art football stadium.
This is obviously great news for fans of Tulane football but it’s also great news for the city of New Orleans. Soon – maybe as early as this week – Tulane will have a new football coach. And soon after that, Tulane will bring college football Saturday back to uptown with a new on campus stadium. Amazing.