Saturday’s Oklahoma-Tulane college football game has been moved from New Orleans to Oklahoma due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, both schools announced Monday.
Tulane would be No. Hosting 2 Oklahoma on campus at Yulman Stadium. A shelter warrant for the Tulane campus was left standing Monday morning as the university’s damage assessment and recovery team began the preliminary assessment.
The Green Wave football team has relocated to Birmingham, Alabama, where it will practice all week before traveling to Oklahoma. Saturday’s game is scheduled for noon ET.
“In this extremely difficult moment for the people of Louisiana, we want to do our part by helping Tulane play the game this weekend,” said Oklahoma President Joseph Harroz Jr. in a statement. “While we regret having to organize it for us, we will welcome the Tulane family next Saturday with open arms and heavy hearts. We hope this act is a small way to relieve some of the stress that the university is currently going through ease. .
“Our thoughts and prayers will be with all those involved and those who assist in the relief and recovery over the coming weeks and months.”
Tulane will set the plan for the rest of his immediate schedule at a later date. The Green Wave will host Morgan State on September 11.
Saturday’s game is the second of a series of three games between the programs, which played in Oklahoma in 2017 and will play again in Normandy in 2024. The two schools have agreed to work together to set a date in a future season until losing a game in New Orleans, according to Monday’s release.
Due to the short notice of the move and the inability to muster a full staff for the game, only the lower shell of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be used for fan seating. Tulane remains the home team and receives proceeds from ticket sales.