Two major sports facilities are coming out of the ground in metro New Orleans that are game changers. Construction is fully underway in uptown on Tulane’s campus and out in Metairie at the Saints training facility.
The Green Wave has started building their own on-campus football stadium. The $60 million project will bring college football back to uptown for the first time since 1974. Saints owner Tom Benson contributed over $7 million to the Tulane Stadium project.
Speaking of Benson, his campus off Airline Drive is seeing some major construction as well. Benson’s other major pro team, the NBA Pelicans, is building a brand new state-of-the-art practice facility directly behind the Saints’ digs. The $15 million+ building will house all the teams offices, meeting rooms, locker rooms, training rooms, and of course, basketball courts. No more trips to the Alario Center on the Westbank. The Pelicans finally have a facility they can call their own.
The construction of over $75 million of new facilities for Tulane football and Pelicans basketball will help propel these teams. The new Tulane football stadium will help immensely in recruiting and bring the Green Wave back to respectability and possibly beyond. And the new Pelicans’ facility will help this team be competitive, lure in free agents, and possibly, one day, even compete for a championship. It really is a great time to be a sports fan in New Orleans.