Robert Morris / Uptown Messenger
With Tulane University's first on-campus home game less than two weeks away, university officials and residents in the Uptown areas are discussing the details of the central question about the once-controversial stadium: What will game day look like in the neighborhoods around the stadium?
Will it be a return to the front-yard cocktail parties of the old Sugar Bowl days? A crasser, modern version, more akin to the obnoxious abuses of public property that draw complaints every Carnival season? Or will the parties largely follow the elaborate on-campus plans envisioned by university officials?
Tulane will host six home games this season in the 30,000-seat Yulman Stadium (technically, a seventh is possible if the Green Wave boast the best record in their conference and host the conference championship). How many of those seats will be filled for each game was an open question last year turnstile records for Tulane games at the Superdome from 2008 to 2012 (obtained by The Hullabaloo student newspaper in a public-records lawsuit) showed an average of fewer than 5,500 fans in attendance per game, with some games drawing as few as 2,000 people but last week, the final 2,000 tickets to the Sept. 6 home opener against Georgia Tech sold out in less than 14 minutes.
Over the last few weeks, Tulane has been holding meetings with neighbors to explain the security, traffic, parking and litter plans it has put in place for home games. Standard Parking + Gameday, a company that handles major sporting events such as Super Bowl and the Final Four, has been hired to manage the parking and traffic operations for Green Wave games, said Tulane's game-day operations manager John Lange in a mid-August meeting.
'We feel that we've brought the best in the business to help us with our traffic plan, with our parking plan and also with the shuttle program we're going to be running,' Lange said.
For parking, for example, Tulane has already leased a total of nearly 10,500 spaces. Twelve lots are either on-campus or just off it, and they hold 2,000 spaces. Seven more off-site locations with another 8,500 spaces have also been leased as far away as the Ochsner campus in Jefferson Parish or the Superdome downtown, and shuttles will drop those fans off in the right lane of South Claiborne in front of the stadium.
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