Around 2pm today the New Orleans city council voted 4-2 to require an "Interim Zoning District (IZD) Hearing" that would at the very least delay Tulane's plans to break ground on their new on campus stadium (ground breaking was planned for January 2013).
Immediately the Mayor of New Orleans announced that he opposed the IZD (but stopped short of saying he'd veto it). The Saints late this afternoon issued a statement in support of Tulane's plan to build on campus:
The New Orleans Saints wholeheartedly support plans to build a new stadium on the Tulane University campus. Our team knows firsthand that strong fan support can make a tremendous difference on the playing field. But most importantly, it builds community spirit and cohesiveness and allows New Orleans and Tulane University the unique opportunity to showcase not only our great city but this great school. And add to that the positive economic impact it can have on our local economy.
It is our hope that all issues can be resolved to allow the Green Wave to return home, where it belongs.
Glad to see Benson and the Saints voicing their support for Tulane football.
Around 5pm tonight the Mayor let it be known that he would veto the IZD if the city council adopts it (after the hearing in a few months).
In our opinion it's truly unfortunate that this was allowed to happen. Tulane football needs a boost the new stadium would provide. Let's all hope it gets done.