Tulane finally back on home practice field

NEW ORLEANS -- The Tulane football team can finally feel at

For the first time since Aug. 27, 2005, one day prior to
evacuating the Tulane campus in preparation for Hurricane Katrina,
the Green Wave worked out on their home practice field Monday.

"We're very excited about being back home and getting started
on the field," said Tulane coach Chris Scelfo, who led the 2005
team through 11 games in 11 different stadiums while headquartered
at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La.

Tulane is tentatively scheduled to hold 15 practices over the
next 20 days. Starting Wednesday, practices will be open.

Spring practice was pushed back to April so that new turf could
be installed on the fields which were covered by several feet of
water in the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

The team also moved back into its refurbished locker room on the
first floor of the James W. Wilson Center. The center, which also
houses the Green Wave strength and conditioning workout space,
athletic training room, academic services offices and computer lab,
equipment room and ticket office and gift shop, also received
extensive flood damage.

Tulane opens the 2006 season Sept. 9 in Houston.