Wilson Center To Reopen Thursday

Inundated with three feet of water and mud in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the first floor of the James W. Wilson Center has been restored and will be open to the public for the first time Thursday night at the free Grand Re-Opening Reception, which will take place from 6-9 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS – A full weekend of activities for Tulane Athletics kicks off Thursday night with the Grand Re-Opening of the home of Green Wave Athletics, the James W. Wilson Center, while traditional "homecoming" festivities are scheduled around the Tulane baseball team's weekend series versus sixth-ranked Rice at Zephyr Field. In addition, Tulane will induct seven new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday morning.

Inundated with three feet of water and mud in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the first floor of the James W. Wilson Center has been restored and will be open to the public for the first time Thursday night at the free Grand Re-Opening Reception, which will take place from 6-9 p.m. The reception includes free food and drink and free parking is available in the Diboll Parking Garage.

During the Re-Opening, fans will be invited to tour the refurbished first floor areas, including the Strength & Conditioning Center, Athletics Training Room, Football Locker Room and Academic Services Area, while interacting with Tulane coaches and staff, including athletic director Rick Dickson and baseball coach Rick Jones. In addition, the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office will be open for business, and the re-stocked Green Wave Sports Shop will have new merchandise available for purchase.

Friday night at Zephyr Field, Tulane and Rice renew a baseball rivalry that began last June when the Green Wave won two of three games from the Owls in the 2005 New Orleans Super Regional to earn a trip to the College World Series. This year, the teams meet as Conference USA foes with Tulane ranked 11th and Rice at No. 6. All seven new members of the Green Wave Hall of Fame will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised live nationally on CSTV: College Sports Television.

Tickets for all three games of the baseball series are available at the Grand Opening Reception, at the ballpark beginning two hours before first pitch, on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com or by calling 504-861-WAVE.

Saturday's events start early with the Hall of Fame Breakfast beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Wilson Center when Will Billon (football, 1955-57), Grace Daley (women's basketball, 1996-2000), JaJuan Dawson (football, 1996-99), Brian Hughes (baseball, 1995-98), Missie Kelley (women's swimming, 1981-85), Tommy Mathews (baseball, 1982-84) and Mike Roos (baseball, 1965-67) are inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame. All seven members of the 2005 class are scheduled to attend the event, which will be hosted by WWL-TV's Lee Zurik. Tickets for the Hall of Fame Breakfast are $15 each and must be reserved by calling 1-877-4TULANE (1-877-488-5268).

Following the breakfast, Zephyr Field will be the site of Tulane University's "HomeRun 2006" celebration, which has been billed as "homecoming déjà vu", complete with pregame bands and tailgating beginning at 11 a.m. Forced to cancel its 2005 Fall Homecoming celebration, this will mark the first time homecoming has been linked to a baseball weekend series. The 2005 Homecoming Court will be presented on the stage outside prior to the game while the Tulane Band will be on hand for both the national anthem and in-game entertainment. The game begins at 2 p.m. and free student buses will leave from the Navy Building at the corner of McAlister Drive and Freret Street every half hour beginning at 10 a.m.

The Tulane-Rice series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday which, as always, is Kids' Day at the ballpark. Kids are invited onto the field to stand with their favorite Tulane player during the national anthem and then run the bases after the game.

For more information on the Tulane Athletics events, go to www.TulaneGreenWave.com. For information on the university's HomeRun 2006 celebration, go on-line at http://www2.tulane.edu/homerun06.html.

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