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this is a discussion within the College Community Forum; The final obstacle before pulling permits for construction on Tulane's 30,000-capacity on-campus football stadium plans is cleared. The City of New Orleans posted an agreement with Tulane in an open letter to neighbors on its website Friday evening. The agreement ...

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Old 01-26-2013, 10:35 AM   #1
 
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Tulane ready to move ahead with on-campus football stadium

The final obstacle before pulling permits for construction on Tulane's 30,000-capacity on-campus football stadium plans is cleared. The City of New Orleans posted an agreement with Tulane in an open letter to neighbors on its website Friday evening.

The agreement ends an eight-month back-and-forth process between concerned community members, the university and the New Orleans city officials regarding the stadium in Uptown's already tight quarters. City spokesman Ryan Berni emailed Friday evening that Tulane has not been granted any construction permits yet.

But those should be coming now that the agreement is in place for the $55 million project that will be called Yulman Stadium. One source said earlier this week that the proposed January ground-breaking was still on track.

Tulane spokesman Debbie Grant said neither university president Scott Cowen nor athletic director Rick Dickson were ready to comment on the news.

It has been a contentious preceding eight months, however.

Some neighbors expressed profound concern over the proposed stadium’s use, it’s size and proximity to Audubon Blvd. residents, parking and traffic overflow for fans going to the stadium and light and noise pollution worries.

The City Council even agreed to consider a Interim Zoning District – blocking the university from constructing large facilites on campuses Tulane's section of town. But the city reversed course on that, led by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's support for the stadium project, and chose an alternate path of working toward an agreement with the community on the stadium that would grant concessions to all parties.

"The devil is always in the details," Councilwoman Susan Guidry, who proposed the IZD initially, told the Times-Picayune/NOLA.com in July. "We are committed to remain committed to the neighborhood and to the process."

The details did take time.

Tulane agreed to several structural alterations to its original plans and hammered out specifics on parking, traffic and litter issues in the agreement.

Stadium usage elicited some of the greatest outcry from neighbors. Tulane agreed not to host rock, country, or rap concerts. It also will not host more than one high school game a calendar week -- two significant neighbor concerns over the facility's usage.

The stadium's wall size also drew fire.

In the agreement, Tulane said it will lower the wall closest to residents from 48 feet to 36. It has promised to landscape and build another wall to buffer the stadium from its Audubon Blvd. neighbors.

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Parking sure is going to be very interesting... and what of the tailgating space?

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And QB Nick Montana will help it along.
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Is there any sketches or renditons of the stadium?
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They should build the damn thing and NOT ask any questions!
The STUPID snooty residents *****ing about this purchased land from a University..... right next to the University. The school can do WTF it wants to. If you buy a house next to university campus, don't complain when they want to put up a stadium, basketball arena etc. It's the reality of the situation.
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Is there any sketches or renditons of the stadium?






Perfect stadium for them if you ask me. If the football program grows, they can easily expand. If the football program continues to SUCK, then they DO NOT have to continually play in the Superdome which looks like it has 20 people in the stands per game. Definitely scaled to their needs.
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That looks really good and can hopefully help the program to grow stronger again.
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Perfect stadium for them if you ask me. If the football program grows, they can easily expand. If the football program continues to SUCK, then they DO NOT have to continually play in the Superdome which looks like it has 20 people in the stands per game. Definitely scaled to their needs.
Plus Neuman and Booker T and StAug can play its games there.
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Plus Neuman and Booker T and StAug can play its games there.

And now you know what the neighbors complaints were truly about. They don't want all those black kids in their neighborhood
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