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Liger43
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Ole Tulane Stadium
Got caught going down a rabbit’s hole about ole Tulane Stadium. Just curious if anyone on this board ever attended a game there. If so, how was it compared to other stadiums and should it have been torn down?


pmacneworleans
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
Went to many games, and a few concerts, there. It was huge (capacity of over 80,000) but lacked a lot of amenities. The stands had metal decking so fans could stomp their feet and it made a lot of noise. The state gave Tulane free rent at the Dome for several years as an inducement to tear it down once the Dome was built. Made sense at the time to Tulane and still makes sense to the extent that the University did not need that big of a stadium without pro football as a tenant.


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Lithium
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
Went to a few Saints games, Super Bowl IV, and 1973 Sugar Bowl Alabama vs Norte Dame. I remember it being huge. It was a great Location


TigerNOLAGirl
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
John Curtis played some games there late 70s when I was there, played Newman & went to some Tulane games as young girl with family.
I just remember it was huge & noisy!
IMHO Tulane would have been much better off with on campus stadium. But I guess it wasn't possible.


pmacneworleans
Member since Dec 2013
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Tulane felt that playing in the Dome would give it a recruiting edge, but it never materialized. Plus, the old stadium needed millions for deferred maintenance and upgrades, which they could not swing on its own, especially with no help from the Saints. Tulane just never factored into theoir decision making the negatives of playing their games off campus. Ultimately, they made a better decision with the new, smaller, on campus facility.


WPBTiger
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
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how was it compared to other stadiums and should it have been torn down?


The worst thing Tulane was getting rid of that stadium. They should have removed the upper bowl and renovated that stadium.


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DrewTheEngineer
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
Where was the parking?


MMauler
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
Went to a bunch of Saints games, a few Tulane games, Super Bowl IX, and a few high school games.

I saw my first LSU game there in 1973. Unfortunately, LSU lost and broke a 26 game win streak. Uhg.

I loved the place. It had a certain feel to it and a smell to it that the Dome never really replaced. I remember all the houses on Calhoun and Audubon St. charging a few dollars to park in their driveways and backyards. The stadium itself would rock and sway. I remember my neighbor caught a football in the stands on a FG (before they had nets) and was allowed to keep it (that was the policy back then). All the neighborhood kids went over to his house that Monday to get a look at a real game-used NFL football. I also remember when, unlike college, the NFL goalpost were at the endzone line rather than the back of the endzone.

I also remember going to a high school game right before they tore it down. They had really let it go and it was in horrible shape. My dad took me out there when they were tearing it down and we got some pictures. I had them for years but haven't seen them in a while.


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MMauler
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Where was the parking?


As I mentioned above, people along Calhoun and Audubon (and other side streets) would charge people to park in their driveways and backyards. Some even let people park on their front yards. It wasn't always easy finding parking. I remember parking on the other side of St. Charles and making the trek over to the stadium.


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Floyd Dawg
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My parents lived in NOLA just after they got married and before I came along. They also went to Super Bowl IV at Tulane Stadium.

They both told me stories about the NFL was begging folks to come to the game and practically giving tickets away. I think SBIV was the last one before the AFL-NFL merger.


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MMauler
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They both told me stories about the NFL was begging folks to come to the game and practically giving tickets away.


I was just a kid, so don't hold me to it, but back in the days of Tulane Stadium, it seemed like the Tulane/LSU ticket was a much harder/expensive ticket to get than a Super Bowl ticket.


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MetrySaint24
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Member since Nov 2018
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
As a lifelong Tulane fan I can tell you that moving into the Dome was not the reason Tulane Football fell apart. They recruited very well in the mid 70s to mid 80s. They beat LSU 3x between 79-82 and drew crowds in the 35-45k range regularly. They were 3-1 vs the SEC in 87 with the lone loss a 5pt loss to #5 LsU in front of 70k in the Dome. In the late 80s to early 90s the "EggHead/Academics" at Tulane got rid of the PE Major and instituted Admission Standards for the Football Program far higher than what was NcAA minimums. They made it virtually impossible to win at Tulane. When it was clear those standards weren't going away people started looking for another reason to blame Tulanes horrendous program on and went with the Superdome. That was never the case though.


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In the late 80s to early 90s the "EggHead/Academics" at Tulane got rid of the PE Major and instituted Admission Standards for the Football Program far higher than what was NcAA minimums.


Bullsh!t.

Tulane also put a large number of its athletes in "University College," a college with absolutely ZERO admissions standards so that the athletes wouldn't have to compete against real students.


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choupiquesushi
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yaton rouge
Member since Jun 2006
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
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Got caught going down a rabbit’s hole about ole Tulane Stadium. Just curious if anyone on this board ever attended a game there. If so, how was it compared to other stadiums and should it have been torn down?
went to quite a few, HS, College and Pro games.... it was a rat infested mess the last 2 years


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choupiquesushi
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yaton rouge
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
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They were 3-1 vs the SEC in 87 with the lone loss a 5pt loss to #5 LsU in front of 70k in the Dome. In the late 80s to early 90s the "EggHead/Academics" at Tulane got rid of the PE Major and instituted Admission Standards for the Football Program far higher than what was NcAA minimums
negative..... the University College was indeed the mechanism that kept TU baseball "loaded" until Katrina killed the UC... players could also enroll in UC much cheaper than regular and still be eligible. recruits showing up to games with 15k in attendance killed football...


Athis
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
I grew up in the area..Went to a few Saints games but I was very young so I really don't remember who the Saints were playing. A couple years later we were able to ride our bikes over there to see the teams (college and pro) ride in on the buses. I remember seeing the Dolphins team..Don Shula came up to me and asked if I would play football for him one day..
When they tore down the stadium I was able to get one of those faux alcove wrought iron gates. Damn thing must have weighed a couple hundred pounds. I don't know what happened to it. It was in my parents backyard for years..


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double d
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
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Where was the parking?


In all of the neighborhoods surrounding the campus. Grew up in the 60's & 70's going to games there all the time. People had house parties with parking for their friends and others would charge you a few bucks to park in their yards. Good times, loved the old stadium but it needed a lot of work.


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wrlakers
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Dallas
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
Saw my first LSU game there and a concert, too. I was only five or six at the time, so barely remember the facility.


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kemowasabi
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Went to some Greenie games as a kid..many Saints games...Played a couple HS games there..


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Tactical1
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Denham Springs
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re: Ole Tulane Stadium
host of the coldest outdoor Super Bowl in Super Bowl VI.


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