What does the future hold for Ladd-Peebles Stadium?

Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles.)

A big question around Mobile Monday night: will the Mobile City Council vote Tuesday on that plan to help fund a new stadium for the University of South Alabama?

And, if they do vote, will the vote be yes or no?

No announcements or news conferences Monday on the issue, but the board of directors of Ladd-Peebles Stadium did meet and the chairman expressed some thoughts on how she thinks the vote will go.

School officials have already said land is being cleared at the site.

Tuesday, the Mobile City Council is scheduled to vote on that letter of intent where the city would give South $10 million to build a new stadium, and South would give the city $2.5 millionto renovate Ladd.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson said at a news conference last week if the vote doesn't take place Tuesday, South will pull the deal off the table and not give money to Ladd.

He had said, "Ladd Stadium will become, just become another entity that we own that has deferred maintenance, and there will be a scramble for who gets money to fix what building."

At Monday's meeting of the board of directors of Ladd-Peebles Stadium I asked Chairman Ann Davis what her thoughts would be if the proposal is pulled.

She said, "I'm okay with it. I don't like the way the deal was put together and we never had any input into it."

Davis said if South doesn't put up the $2.5 million, Ladd will be able to exist.

She said Ladd has $500,000 in reserve money and is using some of it to spray paint portals.

But she said losing the Senior Bowl and Dollar General Bowl to a new South Alabama stadium would cost $60,000, so the board is looking for ways to generate new money.

Davis said, "We want to go forward and look for more events: like I said, grants, foundations."

And finally, I asked Davis how she'd like to see the vote go.

She said she's a fan of South, but "I'm hopeful that they'll vote no. I know two months ago when I first talked to the council the main thing I said was, 'Slow it down. Slow it down.' "

Council Member Bess Rich said in a newsletter last week she couldn't make a good decision because all of the facts weren't in place.

After the mayors news conference last week, Vice-President Levon Manzie had said he hoped there could still be a compromise.

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