Tulane president Scott Cowen said he hopes the stadium will be open “no later than Oct. 1,” according to the transcript of a town hall meeting he hosted during homecoming weekend.
While the university hopes the stadium can open in September, weather delays and the pace of construction indicate that “it probably won’t be open for first home game but soon after,” the transcript states.
The university is studying other landlocked stadiums with little parking available — such as The Grove at Ole Miss — in order to design a tailgating experience, Tulane marketing director Jason Potuto told The Advocate in a subsequent article.
Cowen, who retires at the end of this year, also said he will be living half time in New Orleans while remaining on the Tulane faculty, so he thinks he will be at the first game at the stadium. Cowen also discussed other issues facing the university such as rising tuition, the university’s financial health and decreased government funding for research, according to a recap by the New Wave university news service.