Tulane names Yulman Stadium after top donor

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On Thursday, Tulane President Scott Cowen and Athletic Director Rick Dickson held a press conference in the Wilson Athletics Center to announce that Tulane’s new on-campus stadium will be named Yulman Stadium.

Cowen and Dickson stood onstage in front of Tulane’s head football coach Curtis Johnson, much of the Tulane football team and the Tulane marching band. Joining Cowen and Dickson were three families who contributed a significant amount of money to the new stadium: the Yulmans, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and the Glazer family.

Cowen said the announcement signified an important time in the new stadium’s history.

“Today, we celebrate a tremendous milestone in the timeline of this new stadium,” Cowen said. “Here gathered around me are all the people who made it possible.”

Cowen revealed that the stadium will be named for its benefactors, Richard and Janet Yulman, who own the Serta International mattress manufacturing company. Richard Yulman and his wife donated $15 million to the new campus stadium.

Yulman said he and his family are grateful for the recognition.

“My wife and I are honored that Tulane’s new stadium will bear our family name,” Yulman said. “We are honored to bring it back home again. With a new stadium, our new coach Curtis Johnson and renewed spirit, Tulane football is in a very good place. Our family is very proud to be part of it.”

The owners of the Saints and the New Orleans Hornets, Tom and Gayle Benson, donated $7.5 million to the stadium effort. As a result, the stadium’s field will be named Benson Field.

Jill and Avram Glazer, son of Malcolm Glazer, the owner of both Manchester United and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, accompanied the Yulmans and Bensons onstage for the press conference. In honor of the Glazer’s multi-million dollar donation, the club for premium ticket holders will be named the Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club.

At the press conference, Dickson thanked the contributors who donated money.

“No coaches, no athletic directors and no presidents have ever built stadiums,” Dickson said. “Donors do. We are so fortunate to have an army and the allegiance of those people. All armies have to have leaders, and sitting up here today with us are our leaders.”

During the press conference, Cowen revealed a new video of the new stadium. The video is an updated version of the previous stadium video and highlights the gifts given by the Yulmans, Bensons and Glazers.

Dickson said he is excited for the first Tulane football game in the new stadium design.

“Think about how much you’ll enjoy coming to the Glazer Family Club and watching the Green Wave play on Tom and Gayle Benson field in Yulman stadium,” Dickson said. “Think about that.”