New Orleans Arena
construction site, May 1999.

Men's Hoops Will Play at New Orleans Arena

Green Wave will face Fordham in the facility's first-ever basketball game November 17.

June 24, 1999

NEW ORLEANS - Tulane and SMG have agreed to a three-year lease that has the Green Wave playing as many as 10 home basketball games annually in the New Orleans Arena beginning with the upcoming 1999-2000 season.

Tulane will play the first basketball game ever in the new facility against Fordham on Nov. 17 as part of the Preseason NIT. Other Green Wave non-conference games to be played in the New Orleans Arena this season are against Texas A&M (Dec. 8), North Carolina State (Dec. 22) and New Orleans (Jan. 24). In addition, Tulane will host Conference USA rivals Cincinnati and Memphis in the arena during the 1999-2000 season.

The remainder of Tulane's 17-game home schedule will be at Fogleman Arena on campus.

"We are excited to take a portion of our men's basketball schedule downtown to this magnificent facility," said Tulane Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour. "For our basketball programs to have the opportunity to play home games in this first-class arena is an important step."

The agreement between Tulane and SMG, the arena's management group that also oversees the Louisiana Superdome, calls for between 6-10 Green Wave home basketball games a year to be played in the arena. Those games may also include contests featuring Tulane's nationally-prominent women's basketball program.

"Having Tulane as a tenant is a major plus for the new arena," said New Orleans Arena and Louisiana Superdome General Manager Doug Thornton. "We've worked hard to accommodate Tulane and its needs. This is an opportunity to have major college basketball at the New Orleans Arena while working with Tulane to grow college athletics in this area."

Situated next to the Superdome, the New Orleans Arena is an 18,000-seat, $110 million facility opening this October. Its features include a state-of-the-art, $2 million scoreboard, 44 executive suites and 1,400 Arena Club Seats.

The New Orleans Arena will also be home to the New Orleans Brass hockey team, which plays 35 home dates a year, plus playoff games. The arena has already been awarded the 2002 NCAA Volleyball Final Four and is one of four sites in the running for the 2004 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four.