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Green Wave unveils stadium plans

New Orleans -- Tulane's new head coach rings the victory bell on what has been called an historic moment for the Green Wave.

A new on-campus football stadium will soon give the team true home field advantage.

"We are here to get this done. It's time to band together to do something all of you have dreamed of since the day Tulane's stadium was demolished in 1980," says Tulane University President Scott Cowan.

The Green Wave has played most of its home football games in the Superdome for the last three decades, and attendance has never been great.

"As far as I can remember, the Superdome has never been packed except for LSU games and stuff," says defensive linebacker Kenny Welcome.

Students say getting an on-campus stadium will mean a boost in school spirit like never before.

"I think sometimes people forget about Tulane's decorated athletic history.  I believe a new stadium is the missing piece of the puzzle to reclaim that rich tradition.  Imagine something as simple as having homecoming at home.  It's incredible," says Evan Nicole.

The $60 million state-of-the-art facility is set to be built and opened in the fall of 2014.

Curtis Johnson was named the new head coach a couple of days ago and he says news of a new stadium took him by surprise.

"They never told me that this was happening prior to me coming here.  It's like Christmas come early," says Johnson.

The new stadium will be built on what is now the practice field just behind the Riley Center. The stadium will have a seating capacity of about 30,000.

Tulane hasn't had a winning season in a decade, but many believe a new facility will help change the tide. The announcement drew excitement and emotion from many, including the University's athletic director, who says a stadium on Tulane's campus is long overdue.

"For those Tulane supporters, I know what this has meant to you.  Everyday I've looked forward to the moment when I could tell you about your new Tulane stadium," says Rick Dickson.

Tulane University launched a $70 million campaign to pay for the stadium and also invest in the football program.  So far, donors have contributed $40 million.  FOX 8 has learned that one of those donors is the Benson family.

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