Tulane’s new football stadium is good news for New Orleans

I took a drive down Ben Weiner drive Yesterday.  Ben Weiner drive is the street that runs through Tulane’s campus by the athletic facilities, in between Willow and Claiborne.  It’s the home of Tulane’s famous Sports Medicine Facility; the new, state-of-the-art Hertz practice facility; the Wilson athletic building; and the $15 million Turchin Baseball Stadium.

Soon, it’ll also be home to Tulane’s new football stadium. It was quite a sight driving a little north past the old Tulane stadium site and seeing the new stadium coming out of the ground.

College football once again to be played on campus at Tulane. It’s been nearly 40 years since the Wave’s done that. I have to admit I got a little giddy yesterday as I passed the construction. Happy for Tulane University but also happy for the city of New Orleans.

Major cities in America have major universities.  And many have Division 1 football programs playing in those cities.  And even with major NFL teams playing at major NFL stadiums, many of these college programs have their own stadium.  Now Tulane and the city of New Orleans are no different.

The Superdome, with its 1/3 billion dollars in re-do since Katrina, and now Benson field at Yulman Stadium on Tulane’s campus: a $60+ million masterpiece that opens next fall and is already a success.  Season ticket sales have increased dramatically for next year and almost 90% of the expensive Glazer Club seats have sold.

So, go take a drive down Ben Weiner drive and be prepared to be amazed.  Tulane’s new stadium is coming out of the ground and it’s great news for Tulane and great news for the city.