Tad Gormley StadiumEdit profile
Tad Gormley Stadium (originally City Park Stadium) is a multi-purpose outdoor stadium, located in City Park, in New Orleans, Louisiana, named for Frank "Tad" Gormley. It has been used for football, track & field, and soccer. It played host to the US Olympic Track & Field Trials for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Its most frequent use is for high school football, which attracts a large following in the South. In recent years, Tulane University has sometimes played its homecoming football game at Gormley, to provide a better game-day atmosphere than at their regular home, the Louisiana Superdome. The stadium was built in 1937; its original name was City Park Stadium. In the early years of the stadium, fans often packed the stands or stood around the field to watch high school football games. The record for attendance was set in 1940 when 34,345 spectators attended a game between Jesuit and Holy Cross. However, the current maximum listed capacity is 26,500. The stadium was home to the New Orleans Pelicans, after the closing of old Pelican Stadium. The stadium has hosted concerts by many famous artists, including The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Journey & Rage Against the Machine, among others. Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, flooded the stadium, which remained structurally sound. The stadium required major work to the electrical system and the field. After Reggie Bush was drafted by the New Orleans Saints, he donated over $80,000 to repair Katrina-induced damage to the field, so that area high school football teams had a place to compete. In acknowledgement of Bush's generosity, Tad Gormley's playing field is recognized as Reggie Bush Field. The first event held at the newly-renovated Tad Gormley Stadium was an LHSAA prep-football game on September 21, 2006 pitting the Brother Martin Crusaders against the Higgins Hurricanes. Since 2008, Tad Gormley Stadium has hosted the revived University of New Orleans Privateers club football program. In 2009, the grass surface at Tad Gormley Stadium was replaced with GameDay Grass MT from AstroTurf.