Tulane Hullabaloo Files Lawsuit to Obtain Superdome Football Game Attendance Records

Tulane University is planning to build a 25,000-seat sports stadium on its New Orleans campus.  Will it fill up during home football games?  The Tulane Hullabaloo is suing to help find out.

The student newspaper has filed a lawsuit to obtain “turnstile attendance records” for Tulane football games played at the New Orleans Superdome, which serves as the current de facto home field for the Green Waves gridiron squad.

Hullabaloo editors are seeking the fan numbers, in part, to determine the suitability of the planned 25,000-seat stadium.  According to the paper, “[A] faction of neighborhood residents criticize Tulane’s plans to build a stadium of that size.  They [also] question the accuracy of the attendance numbers Tulane is reporting.”

Apparently, the Superdome records are being held in close confidence by a private company hired to run the stadium by Louisiana state officials.  Yet, the Hullabaloo asserts, “Under Louisiana state law . . . when a public entity hires a private entity to manage a state-owned facility, the records produced pursuant to that contract are public.”

To Be Continued…


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