Stadium Review: Benson Field at Yulman Stadium

Nestled on the campus of Tulane University in a residential area of New

Orleans, Louisiana, Benson Field at Yulman Stadium is the home of the

Tulane University Green Wave football team. It sits on the former site of

Tulane Stadium, which hosted the Green Wave football team from 1926

through 1974. Tulane lost its first home game to Georgia Tech 38-21

when the stadium opened on September 6, 2014. The game was sold out

in just 14 minutes after single-game tickets were offered. Students

accounted for 5,000 tickets, which is about 40 percent of the entire

student population of the school resulting in the largest student crowd

at a Tulane game since football moved off campus in 1975. Prior to its

construction the Green Waves played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

in downtown New Orleans from 1975 to 2013.

Tulane University's Yulman Statium in New Orleans, Louisiana

Tulane University’s Yulman Statium in New Orleans, Louisiana

The field is named after Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints

in the National Football League and the New Orleans Pelicans of the

National Basketball Association. Benson and his wife Gayle jointly

donated $7.5 million from the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable

Foundation to help fund construction of the stadium. The stadium was

named after Richard Yulman, former chairman and owner of Serta, a

mattress manufacturing business, and member of the Board of Tulane

University. Yulman and his wife donated $15 million to finance the


The seating capacity totals 30,000 and includes The Jill H. and Avram A.

Glazer Family Club, which contains a premier club level of 1,500 seats,

two club rooms, two bars, concessions, and meeting space; the Westfeld

Terrance, located above the Glazer Club, which features 3,000 seats, a

panoramic view of the New Orleans skyline, and premium concessions

that offer traditional New Orleans food.

The stadium also features the Athletes Plaza, the entrance of the

structure that is used for pre-game and post-game events and includes

the Hertz Center and the Wilson Center; a 94-foot by 24-foot LED video

board; a Mardi Gras float that comes out during pre-game parades; and

the Mullen Letterwinners Lounge, where highlights of Tulane’s athletic

history are displayed.

Student enthusiasm for the football team is a major part of the game day

experience. Fans create a tailgate village in several quads on campus the

night before a home game with niceties that rival the Grove at the

University of Mississippi games in Oxford.

In addition, the Tulane University Marching Band is also a part of the

game day festivities. Established in 1920 as a military band, it was

ended soon after the team moved into the Superdome in the 1970s and

then reinstated in 2006. It performs at home games and in Mardi Gras


The concessions serve traditional New Orleans food including fried

chicken with Louisiana Pepper Butter Sauce, Po’ Boy sandwiches, red

beans and sausage with rice, and more. In addition, Yulman is one of the

few college stadiums that serve alcohol.

The Green Waves’ overall record is 506-616-38.

Undefeated Seasons:

  • 1925 10-0 (6 shutouts)
  • 1998 12-0 (Ranked 7th in national polls)

Conference Championships:

  • Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1920)
  • Southern Conference (1925, 1929, 1930, 1931)
  • Southeastern Conference (1934, 1939, 1949)
  • Conference USA (1998)

Bowl Games:

  • 1909 Barcardi Bowl
  • 1931 Rose Bowl
  • 1934, 1939 Sugar Bowl
  • 1970, 1979, 1998 Liberty Bowl
  • 1973 Bluebonnet Bowl
  • 1980 Hall of Fame Classic
  • 1987 Independence Bowl
  • 2002 Hawaii Bowl
  • 2013 New Orleans Bowl

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