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Tulane Stadium: A relic of Super Bowl history

Updated 1232 GMT (2032 HKT) February 5, 2016
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On Jan 16, 1972, Tulane Stadium hosted Super Bowl VI, in which the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins 24-3. A crowd of 81,023 packed the stadium, the second of three Super Bowls on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Ken Adatto, who grew up within walking distance of the venue, recalls it as "a unique place to visit." Tulane Athletics
Tulane Stadium's record attendance of 86,598 was set on Dec. 1, 1973, when the Green Wave upset No. 8 LSU 14-0. It remains the largest crowd to watch a Tulane home game. Tulane Athletics
Built in 1926, Tulane Stadium, located on Tulane University's campus in the Uptown section of New Orleans, boasted an initial capacity of 35,000. Tulane Athletics
By 1939, the Tulane Stadium had undergone a second expansion, increasing its capacity to 69,000. Tulane Athletics
At this 1955 Homecoming Day game, Tulane Stadium held 80,735, one of the largest capacities in the country. After construction in 1926 it underwent four extensions in the next 50 years to accommodate the university's then-powerful football program as well as the annual Sugar Bowls it hosted. Tulane Athletics
The Tulane Green Wave football program was part of the vaunted Southeastern Conference from 1932 until 1966, winning three conference titles. It is currently a member of the American Athletic Conference. Tulane Athletics
Tulane Stadium's scoreboard -- famous for its confusing layout -- was a signature feature of the old facility. It was salvaged by a Tulane employee before the stadium's demolition in 1979. Tulane Athletics
The original red brick front of Tulane Stadium withstood the city's harsh elements far better than the steel grandstands built as seating extensions in later years. The costly upkeep to prevent the steel's erosion eventually led to the decision to tear the stadium down. Tulane Athletics
The unpredictable weather in New Orleans eventually spurred the construction of the Louisiana Superdome, designed in 1967 and the largest indoor facility at the time, to host the NFL's New Orelans Saints. In 2005, the stadium was used a shelter for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Tulane Athletics
The Superdome -- which effectively replaced Tulane Stadium -- took over the role of Sugar Bowl host and has been the venue for seven Super Bowls since opening in 1975. Mario Tama/Getty Images
In 2014, Tulane opened Yulman Stadium to host its Green Wave football team. It was the first time the team had played on campus since leaving Tulane Stadium 40 years earlier. Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Yulman Stadium has a capacity of 30,000, less than the 35,000 with which its predecessor opened with in 1936. Yulman, however, boasts 4,500 club seats. Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America/Getty Images