Wayne's Notebook: March 30, 2006

The first floor of the Wilson Center may have taken as much as three-to-four feet of water and needed to be completely redone. As of today, the job is nearly finished, the principle work remaining is the refinishing of the floor tiles on the first floor, although not all weight room equipment has been received

Tulane Athletics kicked off a full weekend of homecoming activities Thursday night with the Grand Re-Opening of the James W. Wilson Center, the home of Green Wave Athletics. A crowd that ebbed and flowed for a couple of hours but probably numbered around 150 during the formal portion of the evening.

The Wilson Center, the last building on the uptown campus to be returned to every day use, houses athletic offices, the ticket office and gift shop, the Hall of Fame Room, team locker rooms, as well as the training, equipment, and weight rooms.

The first floor of the Wilson Center may have taken as much as three-to-four feet of water and needed to be completely redone. As of today, the job is nearly finished, the principle work remaining is the refinishing of the floor tiles on the first floor, although not all weight room equipment has been received.

Tulane has reportedly already submitted claims for more than $140 million in damages to the uptown campus and the total bill may reach $250 million when damages suffered by the university's library, art and archival collections are added in.

Speeches by Tulane's President, Dr. Scott Cowen, and by athletic director Rick Dickson highlighted the festivities. The appearance of several members of the homecoming court enlivened the evening.

Traditional "homecoming" festivities are scheduled around the Tulane baseball team's three-game weekend series versus sixth-ranked Rice at Zephyr Field. In addition, Tulane will induct seven new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday morning.

Athletic activities will continue even after the final pitch of the Sunday game with Rice, as Monday, April 3, is the first scheduled day for spring practice, but that is dependent upon when the final work on the Field Turf surface on the main practice field at the Westfeldt Practice Facility. Additionally, delivery of some football equipment is scheduled for Friday, March, 31.


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