Tulane breaks preseason camp, readies for Thursday opener

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Willie Fritz
(Photo: Parker Waters)

Green Wave welcomes FIU to Yulman Stadium on Thursday night

NEW ORLEANS – Welcome to game week.

On Saturday, Tulane began game week preparation for its season-opening matchup with FIU after wrapping up preseason camp last Thursday (Aug. 22) under the direction of fourth-year head coach Willie Fritz.

“It’s been good,” Fritz said. “I think we’ve done a nice job in having a plan of attack with situational football throughout camp. I think we are right on pace.”

Following its final day of fall camp, the team made its what to the French Quarter to take part in a second line band to celebrate the conclusion of a month’s worth of practices in the Louisiana heat with some New Orleans flair.

“We got a lot to sell here at Tulane, so we’re fortunate,” Fritz said.

During the past month, Fritz and his staff have identified that this year’s team will have plenty of depth.

“We pretty much know who is going to start, but we’re going to play a lot of guys,” Fritz said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we had 20 different guys play on defense alone on Thursday.”

Although the Green Wave is certain that it has plenty of depth coming into its first game against FIU, one thing they are not certain about is what they will see from the Panthers in game one.

“That’s one thing about the first game, you just don’t know for sure what everybody’s going to do,” Fritz said. “We’re going to throw a lot of new wrinkles that they haven’t seen before on offense, defense and special teams and they will be doing the same thing, so you have to be prepared for everything and you have to be flexible in what you are running.”
Tulane is familiar with FIU, as the two teams met back in 2017 with the Panthers earning a 23-10 victory over the Green Wave in Miami.

But that was then and this is now.

Since its matchup with FIU in 2017, the Green Wave have seen significant changes on its offensive and defensive units.

Junior Patrick Johnson remembers Tulane’s trip to FIU in 2017 and he knows that this year’s team has made some big strides since the two teams last met.

“We have a lot of good depth here,” Johnson said. “A lot of the young guys have stepped up and we’re really just excited about playing”

The Green Wave will look to carry on its momentum from last year that saw Tulane close out the 2018 season with a 5-1 record and pick up a win in the AutoNation Cure Bowl.

“It’s a big game for us and it’s a big game for them,” Fritz said. “I’m glad we’re playing it at home.”

EXPERIENCE TULANE FOOTBALL GAMEDAY: What’s New at Yulman Stadium in 2019

With the Tulane football season just around the corner, Green Wave fans will be treated to a number of new additions and experiences at Yulman Stadium this fall.

Here is a look at some of the new and revamped initiatives that will be in place for the 2019 season to ensure Green Wave fans and visitors enjoy a unique, fun-filled gameday experience.

-Fans that visit Yulman Stadium this fall can do so by purchasing season tickets for as low as $49 by visiting TulaneTix.com.
-This year’s annual Homecoming game will feature discounted ticket prices of $25 while supplies last.
-Tulane also will offer a $5 dollar ticket option for Tulane’s matchups against Missouri State (Sept. 14) and UConn (Oct. 12).

– Fans attending home games at Yulman Stadium for the 2019 season will notice a reduction in food and beverage prices at many of the venue’s concessions stands.
– Hot dogs, candy, peanuts and bottled water will be available for $2 each, while popcorn and select domestic draft beers will be offered at $3 each. Nachos will also cost $3 with various add-ons (salsa, chili, extra cheese) for just $1.
– Locations for fan-friendly food pricing can be found in sections 119, 128 and 203 (Westfeldt), while concessions selling select draft beers are located behind sections 118, 124, 129 and 204 (Westfeldt).

-Getting into Yulman Stadium this fall will be much easier thanks to the introduction of Alvarado Scanning Pedestals.
– The admission pedestal provides portable, barrier free access control which will allow fans to self-validate their tickets so they can get into games faster this fall.

– Green Wave fans coming out to the game can take advantage of Tulane’s new partnership with Tailgater Concierge.
-Tailgater Concierge will be providing fans with an easy and fun way to tailgate by offering a variety of tailgate packages and upgrades like satellite televisions, tailgate games, BBQ grills, and more that weren’t available before. They also handle all the set-up, take-down and clean-up so all fans have to do is show up, have fun and then head to the game.
-Tulane’s student tailgate experience will be closer to Yulman stadium this fall, as festivities will take place on Brown Field.
-Students can visit TulaneGreenWave.com the day before each game for a complete breakdown of tailgate activities on gameday.

-Tulane has partnered with LYFT this fall. Fans can catch a ride home after each game by going to the designated Lyft pick up area which will be located on the corner of Claiborne and Ben Weiner Drive.

-Tulane football’s exclusive Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club provides college football fans with the ultimate gameday experience and this fall it is more affordable than ever.
-Fans interested in gaining access to the Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club this fall can do so for $1,800 for the season.
-The $1,500 donation and $300 ticket cost includes parking, a pregame tailgate, access to the climate controlled Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club, premium seating out of the sun, all-you-can-eat food options from some of the most exclusive restaurants in New Orleans, all-you-can-drink options from the bar located in the club just steps away from your seat.
-For more details on admission to the Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club CLICK HERE.

-If you know someone who should join you in the Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club this season, Tulane is proud to introduce the Glazer Family Club referral program.
-When current members of the Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club recruit a new Glazer Family Club seatholder, Tulane Athletics will reward you with a $500 credit towards your upcoming 2020 Priority Seating Requirement.
-For more details CLICK HERE.

-When the Green Wave takes the field this fall, they will do so through a new tunnel backdrop complete with Tulane’s angry wave logo on top of the entrance. The new team tunnel also will include lights, smoke and fireworks as the Green Wave runs on to Benson Field this fall.

-Tulane fans will see a banner for the Green Wave’s 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl Championship above section 113. The department also pays tribute to the team’s 2018 American Athletic Conference Co-West Division title and its previous league championships over section 112.
-Fans also will see a new look to the banner designs on the entire East side of the stadium.

Tulane opens the 2019 football season on Thursday, August 29 at home against FIU with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. The Green Wave are coming off a memorable 2018 campaign that was highlighted by a win in the AutoNation Cure Bowl and an American Athletic Conference West Division Co-Championship.

For season ticket information, please call 504-861-WAVE (9283), log on to TulaneTix.com or visit the ticket office at the James W. Wilson Jr. Center.

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