August 11, 2014 4:30 PM
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin
“We’ve heard a lot about the Power 5 … well, we are a power conference, pure and simple.” — Mike Aresco, AAC commissioner
Tulane University President Michael A. Fitts joined Tulane athletics director Rick Dickson and American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco for a media presentation and tour at Yulman Stadium on the uptown campus on Monday (Aug. 11).
Fitts, who took office July 1, told the audience that he was excited to continue building on the relationship between Tulane and the AAC.
“This is an exceptional conference that will provide Tulane new and greater competition, a better platform, and will provide new opportunities to our student athletes,” Fitts said. “This university has achieved incredible results on the field, in the classroom and in the community, and we look forward to extending that through this new stadium.”
After thanking former Tulane President Scott Cowen and Dickson for their efforts in securing the university’s transfer to the AAC, Aresco spoke about the conference’s successful inaugural year.
“We’ve heard a lot about the Power 5 and the power conferences,” Aresco said. “Well, we are a power conference, pure and simple.”
A tour of the 30,000–capacity stadium led by Dickson showcased features like the IberiaBank Bunker Suite, which offers a ground level, air-conditioned view of the field encapsulated in floor-to-ceiling plexiglass for an unobstructed view of the field and the Westfeldt Terrace, which will feature menu items unique to the city.
Dickson said of Westfeldt Terrace, “The goal of this level is to give visitors a taste of New Orleans.”
Together with Tulane, 10 other universities make up the American Athletic Conference: the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University, the University of South Florida, Temple University and the University of Tulsa. The Navy football team will join in 2015.
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