The Tulane Green Wave is one of the ultimate destination cities for any NCAA football team. They’re in the incredible, charming, unique city of New Orleans. If you’re heading out for a game day, be sure to make a full weekend of it to enjoy all the wonderful sites, eats, entertainment that New Orleans has to offer. Tailgating at Tulane is one for the bucket list!
This coming fall is going to be an extra exciting one for the Tulane Green Wave given the 7-game home schedule, which includes Oklahoma coming into town for the home opener, a game day on Halloween (one of the biggest weekend in New Orleans), and an always huge homecoming in November for Tulsa.
If you’re new to town, be sure to read through this blog for everything you’ll need to know to have a successful game day experience at Tulane, and a fun weekend in New Orleans!
The Green Wave 2021 Home Football Schedule
If you’re unsure which game you want to fly in for, here’s Tulane’s home football schedule for 2021:
Sept 4th – Oklahoma
Sept 11th – Morgan State
Sept 25th – UAB
Oct 7th – Houston (Thursday night game)
Oct 30th – Cincinnati (Halloween weekend)
Nov 13th – Tulsa (Homecoming)
Nov 20th – USF
If you’re planning to travel out for either the Oklahoma, Cincinnati, or Tulsa games, I’d suggest you lock in your travel, accommodations, and any transportation as soon as possible. These are all going to be very big weekends not only for Tulane but the city of New Orleans.
Tulane Green Wave Football Tickets
First things first, snag your game tickets to the game you’re attending! This is an easy step that you can check off the list early on. Yulman stadium has a capacity of 30,000, it’s nice and intimate and there’s not a bad seat in the house!
You can submit your requests via Tulane Athletics here.
Where to Stay in New Orleans
Luckily there’s not a bad spot to stay when traveling in for a game since the city is very easy to navigate and on the smaller side. Tulane University to the main downtown area of New Orleans is a ~12-15 minute drive depending on traffic.
If you’re making your game day a weekend experience, I’d probably suggest staying closer to downtown New Orleans, which is a very walkable area and closer to most of the restautants, bars, and entertainment. If it’s your first time, stay near the French Quarter. It’s a super walkable area, and you’ll be able to cover a lot of sights on foot. From there, you can either drive, utilize ride-share or bus to and from Tulane for game day, and around town to check out other areas of New Orleans.
When my team has traveled to New Orleans, we typically use either Airbnb or VRBO. We’ve found there to be a ton of inventory, and have enjoyed having access to a kitchen to prep for tailgates. We’ve stayed in an Airbnb near Magazine Street and it was great to be close to cute coffee shops and quirky retail shops. However, these tend to be a little more on the outskirts of the main area – so if you want to be in the heart of the city, there are TONS of hotel options.
A good place to compare options based on your price point is Hotels.com. A few hotels that we know our clients have enjoyed, or brands that we always love, include the Le Meridien New Orleans, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, The Mercantile Hotel New Orleans, and the Eliza Jane.
Getting to Yulman Stadium
The majority of folks heading to a game typically drive and park – there are ample parking options near the stadium within walking distance or a bit further away with shuttles. Parking lots open five hours before kick-off. Shuttle services will also start five hours before kick-off, and will run until two hours after the conclusion of the game.
If you’re planning to do some tailgating, we’d suggest this route so you can bring your gear, food & beverage, etc. See below for a game day map outlining all the parking opportunities at Yulman. Parking near Tailgate Village is the best option if you are going to be setting up your own tailgate since it is closest to the area designated for your own tailgating.
If you’re not looking to get a rental car for the weekend – you can also easily utilize ride-share options or public transportation to get to and from the stadium on game days. For more information on bus routes – see Regional Transit Authority.
Tailgating at Tulane
When it comes to pre-game at Tulane – you have a few options. You can either set up your own tailgate on Berger Family Lawn or utilize Tailgater Concierge’s tailgate service!
Tailgate On Your Own – Tailgate Village
Berger Family Lawn will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for fans wishing to set up their tailgate. Fans can set up a tent (10’x10’ max), tables, chairs, grills, food, drinks (beer and wine only, no liquor), and any other tailgate necessities. Just note that tailgate games like beer pong are prohibited on campus.
Fans will have the opportunity to drive onto campus via a designated route, which will open eight (8) hours before kick-off and close five (5) hours before kick-off. Access to the unloading/loading zone will be via Newcomb Place off Willow St. Upon your arrival, security personal will direct you to the loading zone. Fans will be allowed 15 minutes in the loading zone (vehicles must be attended) located on Drill Rd. to unload their vehicle and will then be required to go and park their vehicle. The campus will re-open this route post-game for fans to collect any items remaining.
Tailgating officially begins four (4) hours before kickoff (except for weekday games) and ends 30 minutes before kickoff. No tailgating during or after the game is allowed.
Tailgater Concierge – Turnkey Tailgate Services!
If you’re flying in from out of town, and don’t have access to your tailgate gear, Tailgater Concierge can help!
Tulane fans can now take advantage of Tulane’s new partnership with Tailgater Concierge. This partnership will provide fans with an easy and fun way to tailgate with upgrades and options that weren’t available before.
- Tailgater Concierge provides premium tailgate packages to groups of all sizes.
- Tailgater Concierge tailgates are set up on Berger Family Lawn.
- Packages include tents, tables, chairs, and coolers with ice, along with optional upgrades like grills, satellite televisions, speakers, fans, and tailgate games.
- Tailgater Concierge offers several catering and beverage options to choose from as an alternative to bringing in your own food. They will coordinate the delivery of any catering orders so it is ready and waiting for you at your personal tailgate.
- Curbside assistance is available for guests needing to drop off items for their tailgate. Look for the Tailgater Concierge drop-off sign-on Drill Rd.
- All set-up and clean-up will be taken care of by their onsite crew so all you’ll have to do is show up and have fun.
- The Tailgater Concierge team will be on-site during tailgate hours to ensure your tailgate runs as smoothly as possible.
- Packages can be booked online at their website, via email, or over the phone.
- Tailgater offers a special season package option where guests booking for the season will get one tailgate for free.
For more information on Tailgater Concierge’s services at Tulane – check out their Tulane Green Wave Team Page!
For more information on Tailgating at Tulane – see here.
- University policy prohibits abusive drinking, drinking games, and mass or rapid consumption devices (funnels, shots, etc.). Public intoxication will not be tolerated and violators are subject to arrest.
- Beer and Wine will be permitted on campus and in Tailgate Village. NO common containers (kegs, party balls, etc.) will be allowed.
- NO Glass bottles/containers are allowed on campus or in Tailgate Village.
- Beer trucks and open bars are not permitted on campus or in Tailgate Village unless authorized by University Event Game Day staff.
- Please refer to the University’s complete Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy for more information.
Things to do in New Orleans
One piece of advice, don’t spend all of your time in the French Quarter! There’s A LOT more to see in this amazing city. New Orleans is an incredible city – and one you’re going to want to come back to many times again! If you only have a few days to enjoy, here are some of our favorite things to do:
#1 – St Charles Avenue Streetcar – hop on the oldest continuously operating wooden streetcar in the country. There’s no AC, so doing it as an early morning coffee run is a great option. Admire the gorgeous homes along the way and remember which side of the car you rode on so that you can check out the other side on the ride back.
#2 – Cemetery Tour – these ‘little cities of the dead’ are part of the iconic landscape of New Orleans. When you first hear this suggestion, I know you’re thinking, how exciting can looking at a cemetery be? Trust me, you’ll want to do a guided tour. There’s so much rich history that comes from how New Orleans residents bury their ancestors. It was by far some of my favorite few hours on my first trip to NOLA.
#3 – Get a Beignet at Café Du Monde – This is a must-do while visiting New Orleans. Don’t try and be in a rush, there’s going to be a line to get in. I’d suggest going first thing in the AM, enjoying your beignet with a nice coffee.
#4 – Explore nightlife on Bourbon Street – a trip to New Orleans isn’t complete without an evening on Bourbon street and trying out the infamous Hurricane drink at Pat O’Briens on St. Peter street. If you don’t wake up the next day feeling a bit off, you didn’t do it right!
Tulane Tailgate Gear
If you’re planning to host tailgates this fall, or just want to rep the Tulane Green Wave, here are some great tailgate finds our team found online. Be sure to purchase this spring or summer to get in on any special off-season deals. They’ll be gone come fall when everyone else is upgrading their football gear.
To support your team, and be eco-friendly with a reusable cup, you can snag this stainless steel coffee mug to rep your team at work. This can make for a great Mother’s or Father’s Day gift! You can find it here on Amazon.
This white hat is super popular with fans – and will get a ton of use as we go into Spring and Fall. It’s under $20 right now on Amazon. Linked here.
For everything clothing-related, we always recommend you check out Fanatics: Tulane Green Wave.
We hope this guide helped you with your game day planning to Tulane! Is there anything you’re still curious about? Feel free to leave a comment below and our team can help you out!
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