Tulane president Scott Cowen said Yulman Stadium “probably” won’t be ready for the Green Wave’s 2014 season opener.
Cowen, who is retiring from his post this summer, hosted his annual town hall chat during homecoming weekend and fielded a question about the construction of Tulane’s future on-campus home for football.
According to the transcript posted online, Cowen said his “aspiration” is to open Yulman Stadium “no later than Oct. 1.” While Tulane hasn’t released an official schedule for 2014, reports show Tulane hosting Southeastern Louisiana on Aug. 30 and Georgia Tech on Sept. 6 to start next season.
All 2014 home games are expected to be played in Yulman Stadium.
“A lot depends on the weather, how construction goes,” Cowen said via the transcript. “It probably won’t be open for the first home game but soon after.”
Multiple sources within the Tulane athletic department said the construction schedule includes 42 rain days which can be used to make up for a lag in the timeline, pending cooperative weather. Therefore Tulane is not ruling out being ready for the season opener.
The Green Wave hasn’t played a football game on its campus since it left Tulane Stadium for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome following the 1974 season.