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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEWORLEANS -- Tulane University's Yulman Stadium officially opens its bleachers to Green Wave fans this weekend. It is the first time since the 1970s that football aficionados will watch a home game on campus.

As football season kicks off, the university is working with neighbors to make sure game day goes smoothly.

'The worst problems came when there was a bowl game or something of that sort,' said Broadmoor resident Joe Poe.

His neighborhood is located just a few blocks from Tulane University's new Yulman Stadium, which is where thousands of Green Wave fans will congregate Saturday.

Poe remembers the old stadium back in the 1970s, along with the sometimes chaotic foot and car traffic that followed.

Those concerns are back.

'This particular neighborhood, as far as I know, there hasn't been any provision for parking. In others words I assume people will be parking everywhere in this neighborhood,' said Elizabeth Poe.

'I'm about to tell you the three favorite words of an athletic director: we're sold out!' said Tulane University Athletic Director Rick Dickson during a news conference Thursday afternoon inside the new facility.

Tulane University officials confirmed at the news conference that they've reached out to neighbors,informing them of a new traffic plan that has been drawn up with help from the New Orleans Police Department.

'We'll have traffic control from Claiborne to Carrollton as far as to Jefferson and Claiborne and all the way to the river and St Charles Avenue,' said Tulane University Game Day Manager John Lange.

Traffic control is one step that is being taken to ease football crowds along with shuttle bus service that will transport fans to the stadium's front door. For those living on Audubon Boulevard, it will be closed to traffic with residents being given season parking and guest passes. Those will assist with getting through police blockades, ultimately keeping tailgaters away.

'Audubon Boulevard will be closing six hours prior to kick off, which for this game is 9 a.m. in the morning for the 3 p.m. kick off. Willow Street will be closed three hours prior to kick off, and those are the only street closures that we'll have,' said Lange.

They're carefully crafted steps to keep neighbors like the Poe family at ease when the Green Wave take on Georgia Tech for the first home game on campus in decades.

'I have very mixed feelings about it. I'm excited for Tulane and I think it is great that we have a stadium, but I worry about the parking,' Elizabeth Poe said.

Tulane University officials say if neighbors experience problems on game day, a toll free number will be setup to field calls. The number is: (844) 25-EVENT.

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