Tulane-UTEP Game Scheduled for Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Lester Ricard, named the Louisiana Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday, and the Green Wave, will take on UTEP Oct. 14 in Ruston, La.
Lester Ricard, named the Louisiana Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday, and the Green Wave, will take on UTEP Oct. 14 in Ruston, La.

Sept. 28, 2005

DALLAS - Tulane will play its fourth football "home" game of the season at the site of the temporary home of the Green Wave football team in Ruston, La. when it faces Conference USA West Division favorite UTEP at Louisiana Tech's Joe Aillet Stadium on Friday, Oct. 14. The game, which will be nationally televised by ESPN, will kickoff at 7 p.m. (Central).

Ruston will be the fourth different Louisiana city to host a Green Wave home game this fall, following Shreveport (Sept. 17 versus Mississippi State), Baton Rouge (Oct. 1 versus Southeastern Louisiana) and Lafayette (Oct. 8 versus Houston).

Forced from its home city by Hurricane Katrina on August 28, Tulane Athletics has relocated to four cities in Texas and Louisiana for the fall semester, with Ruston and Louisiana Tech University serving as the home of the Green Wave football and women's track and field teams.

"Since we started this effort to keep our athletic teams playing this semester, [Louisiana Tech Athletic Director] Jim Oakes and [President] Dan Reneau have been there for us," said Rick Dickson, Tulane Athletic Director. "They offered the opportunity for our student-athletes to attend classes, live in the dorms and to continue this season from their campus. Now, they have stepped forward and have given our team the chance to play a game on-campus, saving our team the wear and tear of another weekend on the road."

For the game on Oct. 14, Louisiana Tech will allow Tulane to use Joe Aillet Stadium and the Green Wave program will receive all ticket proceeds. A limited number of $30 premium sideline seats will be sold, while the majority of the stadium will be sold for $10. Tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster at www.Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-488-5252 or at Ticketmaster outlets in Louisiana and Mississippi. Tickets will go on sale next week.

Tulane football season ticket holders who have purchased their 2005 season tickets will be able to pick up tickets for the UTEP game in advance of the game at a site to be determined. All Tulane and Louisiana Tech students with a school ID will be admitted free.

"Louisiana Tech is proud to have Tulane University playing in our stadium and we look forward to the game," said Louisiana Tech President Dr. Dan Reneau.

Athletic departments throughout the nation have stepped forward to support Tulane Athletics ever since Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath forced the University to suspend classes for the fall semester, scattering Green Wave student-athletes to four different campuses at Louisiana Tech (football, women's track and field), Texas A&M (men's basketball, women's soccer, women's swimming & diving, women's volleyball, men's and women's tennis), Texas Tech (baseball, women's basketball) and SMU (men's and women's golf) as they continue to compete for Tulane. Dickson and a central office staff are working in Dallas.

Tulane President Scott Cowen's directive to Tulane athletics teams to "Carry the Torch, Be the Face and Represent the Name" of Tulane University throughout the fall semester will be illustrated on every Green Wave uniform by a colorful patch and is the number one mission of all Tulane teams.

-- Roll Wave --