New Orleans Slows Tulane University's Timetable For New Football Stadium

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Tulane University's journey toward an on-campus football stadium ran into a roadblock Thursday.

Or at least a hurdle, as Tulane President Scott Cowen called it.

In a packed New Orleans City Council chamber that included a contingent of Tulane football players decked out in jerseys, council members voted 4-2 in favor of an interim zoning district, or IZD, that would give the city greater control over construction plans for the 30,000-seat venue and could delay a projected January ground breaking.

Thursday's vote means Tulane is blocked for now from filing for construction permits for the stadium, which would be built between Audubon Boulevard and Ben Weiner Drive, between the baseball team's Turchin Stadium and the Reily Student Recreation Center on campus. Plans called for it to be completed by 2014, but that timetable could be in question.

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