|Scheduled to open in April 2007, the new Turchin Stadium will feature a grandstand designed of structural steel and a new FeildTurf playing surface. Chairback seating will be nearly triple that of the original Turchin while private suites, an open-air club suite, a partially covered seating area and a new press box all highlight the new facility.|
Turchin Stadium, named for Robert and Lillian Turchin, is one of the finest on-campus facilities in the nation and will have a new look beginning in 2007 as construction of the $7.5 million project is near completion. The new Turchin Stadium is scheduled to open in early April.
The new Turchin Stadium, a 5,000-seat pro-style stadium, will feature a grandstand design of structural steel. The project also increases the number of chair-back seats in the stadium from 900 to over 2,700 and add private suites, an open-air club suite, a partially covered seating area and a new press box.
The Green Wave's new facility will also feature a different playing surface as FieldTurf - the same surface used by the several Major League Baseball and NFL programs - replaces the natural-grass surface the stadium had since its opening. The entire field, with the exclusion of the pitchers mound, will be FieldTurf, which all but eliminates the possibility of inclement weather making the field unplayable.
Four private suites will flank the breezeway on the first-base line and will include air conditioning and restrooms. Suites will be sold on multi-year leases and will be accessible via elevator, which will also provide access to the press box. For the first time, the press box will include individual broadcast booths, Ethernet capability and expanded space for the print media.
Updated netting and sound systems, a new padded outfield wall, new concession stands, new restrooms and an expanded merchandise sales area will also be included. The team's clubhouse, located on the second floor of the Wilson Center, also underwent renovations.
While the construction was originally scheduled to be completed in time for the 2006 season, Hurricane Katrina forced the construction to be delayed, causing the Green Wave to play the 2006 campaign and the beginning of the 2007 season at Zephyr Field.
The current lighting, as well as the Theresa Sofio Hitting Facility, have remained intact, but the renovation project will rebuild nearly every other area of the stadium.
Construction on the project began with the relocation of a city water line in the fall of 2004. Phase Two of the project included completely tearing down the former stadium structure and was underway following the 2005 campaign.
|The last time Tulane played at Turchin Stadium was on June 13, 2005, when a record crowd of 4,708 was on hand to watch the Green Wave defeat Rice, 9-6, in game three of the NCAA New Orleans Super Regional and earn the program's second trip to the College World Series.|
Dedicated on the eve of March 11, 1991, the original Turchin Stadium has been a comfortable place to play for the Green Wave as Tulane has a .780 winning percentage in games played within its friendly confines. Turchin Stadium has played host to the 1992 Metro Conference Tournament and the 1997 and 2003 C-USA Tournaments as well as the 2001 and 2005 NCAA New Orleans Regionals and the 2005 NCAA New Orleans Super Regional.
Home-field advantage came into play in all six tournaments with the Green Wave winning the 1992 league championship and all three NCAA events while advancing to the semifinals in 1997 and the finals in 2003.
Originally named Tulane Diamond and located about 100 feet south of its current location, the Green Wave baseball team has played in the current vicinity for more than 40 years. Up until 1985, the dimensions were 347 and 353 to the power alleys in left and right field, respectively. The new park will measure 325 down the lines, 370 to the power alleys and 400 feet to straight-away center. The old outfield wall will be replaced with a new padded wall to help ensure the safety and well being of both the home and visiting teams' student-athletes.
Lights were originally added in 1991 with eight banks of between 22 and 30 lights illuminating Turchin Stadium. Also new to the stadium in 1991 was the addition of permanent seating, a luxury box, a press box and a state-of-the-art computerized scoreboard.
Prior to the reconstruction efforts, the most recent addition to Turchin Stadium came in 2004 when a state-of-the art Daktronics scoreboard was installed. The board includes a traditional line score, clock and message board which provides fans with up-to-the-minute statistics and scores from other games around the nation.
In addition, the Theresa Sofio Hitting Facility - also known as the "Hack Shack" - was constructed in 1999. The Sofio Facility is an indoor, ventilated building measuring 62-by-90 feet, and housing four batting cages, two pitcher's mounds and tee toss area, as well as an area for coaches to evaluate the student-athletes' progress. The area can also be used for pregame warm-ups on wet gamedays.
Robert and Lilian Turchin
The stadium is named for Robert and Lillian Turchin of Miami, Fla., who spearheaded the drive to build the facility in 1990. Mr. Turchin is a member of the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee of Tulane's Board of Administrators and is an emeritus member of the Tulane Board of Administrators.
Turchin received his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1943 from Tulane where he played football and ran track, and was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and the Navy ROTC. While in New Orleans, he met Lillian Athey, a native of the Crescent City, and his future wife. Their marriage plans were temporarily interrupted by World War II when Bob spent two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. As a gunnery and fire-control officer, he took part in the Normandy invasion, and later served in the Pacific.
Following the war, the Turchins returned to Miami Beach, and Bob went to work for his father in hotel management. He later became involved in the construction of apartment units, and began his career as a general contractor.
|Robert and Lillian Turchin address the standing-room only crowd at Tulane's first night game on March 11, 1991, when the Green Wave defeated Notre Dame, 11-4.|
In 1949, he incorporated Robert L. Turchin, Inc., and for the next 36 years, he ran the company as its president and director.
Turchin served as city councilman of Miami Beach from 1963-65 and vice-mayor of the city from 1965-67. He was also active in several civic and community organizations.
Since his graduation from Tulane, Turchin has continued to show extraordinary dedication to his alma mater, distinguishing himself as one of the University's most loyal supporters. He has served on the President's Council and the Dean's Advisory Council of the Business School, and he has acted as chairman of the Tulane Alumni Regional Fund. In 1983, Turchin was honored with the Business School's Distinguished Alumnus Award for his generosity and support.
Four years later, to honor the Turchins for their ongoing philanthropy, the new business library in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall was dedicated as the Lillian A. and Robert L. Turchin Library.
Directions To Turchin Stadium
Turchin Stadium is on the north end of Tulane's campus. It is on Ben Weiner Drive, which is a one-way street going north.
From the East: Take I-10 west to the Claiborne Avenue exit (the only exit on the left, don't get caught in the right lane). Go down Claiborne about three miles and past seven traffic signals. Take a left on Calhoun, then a right on Willow. Ben Weiner Drive is the next immediate right.
From the West: Take I-10 East to the Carrollton Avenue exit (the second exit after the I-10/I-610 split). The exit will put you right on Carrollton, so go down about a mile until you reach Claiborne Avenue at a lighted intersection. Go through the intersection and make a u-turn back toward Claiborne and turn right on Claiborne. Go past the traffic light, which will be Broadway, and take a right on Audubon Blvd. (not Audubon Street). Take a left on Willow and go through the stop light. At the next light, turn left onto Ben Wiener Drive.
Left Field Line: 325
Power Alleys: 370
Center Field: 400
Right Field Line: 325
Wall: 8 ft. Left-Right; 12 ft. Center
Turf: Field Turf
Tulane At Turchin Stadium
Turchin's Top Crowds
1. 4,708 vs. Rice............6/13/05 2. 4,653 vs. Rice............6/12/05 3. 4,602 vs. Rice............6/11/05 4. 4,500 vs. LSU..............4/8/97 5. 4,125 vs. Alabama..........6/6/05 6. 4,097 vs. Alabama..........6/4/05 7. 3,994 vs. TCU.............5/20/05 8. 3,867 vs. Southern.........6/3/05 9. 3,784 vs. Arizona State...2/18/05 10. 3,712 vs. LSU.............3/20/91 11. 3,664 vs. SE Missouri .2/11/05 12. 3,569 vs. Southern Miss .5/25/03 13. 3,540 vs. Southern........5/25/01 14. 3,472 vs. Oklahoma State..5/26/01 15. 3,429 vs. LSU.............4/12/95