New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has signed the agreement with Tulane University that outlines the use and operation of Yulman Stadium, the university’s new on-campus stadium slated to open in the autumn of 2014.
“This has been a long process, which involved compromise and patience among all the parties concerned. We thank and appreciate the work of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his staff to bring the process to closure,” said Tulane President Scott Cowen.
“We now begin an exciting era for Tulane, and for the City of New Orleans as well. All of us will enjoy a beautiful football and recreational facility, plus our city will have the economic benefit that comes from the construction and operation of a $60 million stadium,” Cowen added.
Tulane Athletics Director Rick Dickson echoed Cowen’s enthusiasm:
“The Green Wave will have the home field advantage that we have missed for the last 35 years and our friends, fans and neighbours will have the chance to experience a first-class collegiate football experience on Tulane’s beautiful campus.”
With the signed agreement came the green light for demolition by stadium contractor Woodward Design Build. Groundbreaking and pile driving are set to start in late February.