University of South Alabama officials announced the name of the university's new on-campus stadium Tuesday morning.
The new stadium will be the Hancock Whitney Stadium. According to a press release, the two organizations reached a comprehensive financial partnership.
The stadium is scheduled to open in 2020.
"We are excited and proud to partner with an established, respected financial services company that is headquartered on the Gulf Coast," said USA President Tony Waldrop. "We look forward to welcoming our students, alumni and fans to Hancock Whitney Stadium in 2020."
The release went on to say under the 10-year agreement, Hancock Whitney will provide the university with an array of financial and investment services.
"Hancock Whitney's mission is to help people in our communities achieve their dreams. We are delighted to provide the expertise and support to help enable the growth of the University of South Alabama," said Hancock Whitney Regional President Robbie Baker. "The university provides excellent educational and medical services to the greater South Alabama community, and we are proud to help them advance their mission."
The 25,000-seat Hancock Whitney Stadium will be located on the west side of campus, adjacent to the Jaguar Training Center, Football Fieldhouse and football practice fields. Included in the plans are a state-of-the-art video board and sound system, an end-zone terrace, 18-seat suites, a club level with 800 seats, and premier chair-back and benchback seating options. The site will include hospitality areas for tailgating, events and recreational vehicle parking.
“Hancock Whitney Stadium will propel South Alabama football and all Jaguar athletics programs to a new level of excellence, success and prestige,” said Joel Erdmann, director of athletics. “We have been deliberate and meticulous in planning every aspect of this stadium project, and our students, alumni and fans will be proud to call it home.”
“The new Hancock Whitney Stadium will offer an excellent experience to fans and the broader community, and we are proud to align our brand to this new showpiece venue,” said Hancock Whitney Chief Executive Officer John Hairston.
The University will in the coming weeks release information about ticketing and parking. Fundraising for the stadium continues, and additional sponsorship and donor opportunities are available. To support Hancock Whitney Stadium, contact Joel Erdmann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-460-7121, or Jacob Ludwikowski at email@example.com or 251-461-1553, or visit GetOnCampus.com.