NEW ORLEANS - Patricia Becker's bedroom window is 20 feet from where the proposed Tulane University stadium will be built.
“I am very concerned that any hope for our future or our golden years pretty much will be destroyed by this,” said Becker, who has lived in her home for 30 years.
Like many others on Audubon Boulevard with signs that say “Save Our Neighborhoods,” Becker is concerned about parking, traffic and noise. And she's worried the structure will block her view.
“The stadium will mean any sense of normalcy or peace will be gone,” said Becker.
That's why Becker was one of dozens who packed a standing room only meeting Wednesday at Tulane University. It’s the first in a series of three meetings aimed at educating the public and gathering their input.
After an hour-long presentation from developers, community members were asked to write down concerns and solutions in groups, then have a spokesperson voice them.
In their presentation, developers said the stadium would have a capacity of 30,000 and be 64 feet tall on the east side and 48 feet tall on the west side.
They said other on-campus locations were studied, but wouldn’t work because there wasn’t enough space. Despite neighbors' concerns, officials said the proposed stadium will fit on what's now a practice field.
“We want an on-campus stadium. We think it's important and that's the only location that fits,” said Yvette Jones, executive vice president for university relations and development.
University officials said they will do everything they can to alleviate neighbors’ concerns, but some neighbors believe any big stadium at that location will cause major problems.
“They keep saying they'll make concessions or they'll talk to us. I have seen nothing,” said Becker.
“We've been working with the neighbors since December on those issues and we've made a lot of changes in the stadium design because of their concerns,” said Jones.
Plans call for a landscaped buffer area along Audubon Boulevard, as well as a screening structure.
In addition to up to seven home games a year, the proposed stadium would be home to high school football games and community events, though no high school football games would be allowed on weekends when there were also Tulane home games. Developers promised the stadium would not be used for major commercial events like rock concerts.
Still, those like Becker said they don't want a stadium in their backyard. Some are even planning to move.
Developers say they're still doing parking and traffic studies. Meanwhile, Tulane is suing the city of New Orleans because the City Council voted to potentially halt the building of the stadium.
The city planning commission plans to hold a public hearing on the issue June 12.