Although all Tulane University homecoming activities originally scheduled for that weekend have been postponed, the contest will mark a true "coming home" for the Tulane football team, which will return to southeast Louisiana for the first time since evacuating the city on August 28. The Wave squad is headquartered in Ruston, La. for the fall semester and made its 2005 debut today versus Mississippi State at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.
"I want to thank [athletic director] Skip Bertman, [senior associate athletic director] Dan Radakovich and everyone at LSU for providing us with the opportunity to bring the Tulane football team back to southeast Louisiana," Dickson said. "With so many New Orleanians and Tulane fans now living in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas, this will provide many of them with the opportunity to see the Green Wave for the first time this year."
LSU has offered the use of Tiger Stadium to Tulane, and the Green Wave will receive all ticket proceeds. Tickets for the game are $30 for sideline general admission seats and $10 for end zone general admission, and will be sold via Ticketmaster at www.Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-488-5252 or at Ticketmaster outlets in Louisiana and Mississippi. Tickets will go on sale this week, with the exact date to be announced.
"I am glad we are able to help our neighboring schools in Hammond and New Orleans find a home for their football game," said LSU athletics director Skip Bertman. "Tiger Stadium is a great venue for any football game, and we look forward to hosting Tulane and Southeastern Louisiana on our campus."
Tulane will work with LSU athletics department and Tiger Stadium staff to run the operations of the game, which will take place on the same weekend that the Tigers play at Mississippi State. Tiger Stadium will also be the site of several New Orleans Saints home games in 2005.
Tulane football season ticket holders who have purchased their 2005 season tickets will be able to pick up tickets for the Southeastern Louisiana game on game day. All Tulane, LSU and Southeastern Louisiana students with a school ID will be admitted free.
Sunday's announcement is the latest collaboration between the two most prominent Division I-A programs in Louisiana, which are located just 70 miles away from each other in the southeast portion of the state, the area directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Tulane and LSU set the NCAA Baseball Super Regional attendance record in 2001, established a national collegiate baseball attendance record a year later with a game in the Superdome and the two teams are scheduled to play in both men's and women's basketball again this season. Earlier this summer, Tulane and LSU announced that they would begin a 10-year, home-and-home football series beginning in 2006.
"Over the last several years, we have developed a great partnership with LSU, and have worked together to promote college athletics in this state," Dickson said. "It is no surprise that they have come forward now to support us and we hope that fans across the region will do the same on October 1st."
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