Tulane Home Opener Festivities Have Everything

Tulane's 2004 home opener versus Florida A&M, dubbed the "Emerald Coast Classic," will include an action-packed day on and off the football field. The day's activities begin in the Tulane Tailgate Area on the top of the Louisiana Superdome's Southwest Parking Garage, continue on the plaza outside of Gate G with two separate performances, and move inside the Superdome prior to the 6 p.m. kickoff of Tulane's 2004 home schedule.

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane's 2004 home opener versus Florida A&M, dubbed the "Emerald Coast Classic," will include an action-packed day on and off the football field. The day's activities begin in the Tulane Tailgate Area on the top of the Louisiana Superdome's Southwest Parking Garage, continue on the plaza outside of Gate G with two separate performances, and move inside the Superdome prior to the 6 p.m. kickoff of Tulane's 2004 home schedule.

The Tulane Tailgate Area, located on the top floor of the Southwest Parking Garage, is adjacent to the stage set up on the plaza outside of Gate G of the Superdome. Kids will enjoy playing on the inflatable games set up in the Tailgate Area. The Tulane Cheerleaders and mascot, Riptide, are expected to visit the area while student-athletes from several Green Wave teams will be on hand for autographs.

Cars can access the Tailgate Area beginning Saturday morning. Music on the plaza starts at 3:15 p.m. with Brotherhood of the Groove, while Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. takes the stage at 4:30 p.m.

Fans are invited to make their way into the Superdome several minutes before the 6 p.m. kickoff to help Tulane honor some very special individuals as part of a September 11th Tribute. Six local high school bands will provide the backdrop for the tribute with a patriotic medley of songs. Local dignitaries, including Mayor Ray Nagin and members of the city council, have been invited to help the Green Wave honor leaders of area fire, police and emergency medical services, as well as representatives of the local homeland security office.

The first 15,000 fans in the stadium will receive Tulane Football schedule magnets courtesy of Borden and Sav-a-Center.

During halftime of the game between the Rattlers' and Green Wave, Florida A&M's world-famous band, "The Marching 100" will perform. Fans can also pick up a copy of the halftime and post-game statistics at the Canon Copy Corner, located on the Gate G concourse. Fans can also vote for the Wendy's "Biggie" Player of the Game upon exiting the stadium, with the fan's choice to be announced the following week.

Tickets for Tulane's 2004 home opener are on sale for just $140 for adults and $60 for youth. The Green Wave Athletics Ticket Office in the James W. Wilson Center will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. before moving their operations to the Superdome. Tickets can also be purchased at the Superdome Box Office all day Saturday. For information or to purchase tickets, call 504-861-WAVE.

The Emerald Coast Classic is the first of three straight home games for the Green Wave in September. Tulane will play its first Conference USA game of the season Saturday, Sept. 18 when it hosts Louisville at 6 p.m. in the Superdome. On Sept. 25, rival Southern Miss comes to town for the annual "Battle of the Bell" clash. The pregame entertainment schedule for those games will be announced during the week of the game.

-- Roll Wave --


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