South Alabama students, staff and administrators piled into buses then packed government plaza, taking their support for an on-campus football stadium to county and city leaders.
"A lot of students i just don't like to make that drive and they would rather have it on campus," Senior football player Collier Smith said.
"Over the years, supporters of South Alabama football have been vocal about their desire to see an on-campus stadium. We now have an opportunity to make that desire a reality," the University of South Alabama Athletic Director, Joel Erdmann said.
In order to make it a reality, the school is asking for $5 million dollars from the county and $10 million dollars from the city. Some are skeptical.
"I have no problem south having your own football stadium, but I do question if this is in the best interest of Mobile to financially support it," Chairman of the board for Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Ann Davis said.
Currently, South Alabama football plays home games at Ladd-Peebles stadium. Davis is unsure of the future of the stadium, and so are county and city leaders.
Mobile County Commissioner, Connie Hudson asked, "You're going to have to continue to operate for the next at least season or two years depending on how long it takes to get the stadium built, I don't understand how this is going to impact Ladd-Peebles Stadium during that time period?"
Davis answered, "We don't understand either."
Ladd-Peebles is 70 years old. If the city agrees to provide $10 million towards an on-campus stadium, in return, south Alabama university would provide the city with $2.5 million for turning Ladd into more of a high school stadium. ."You are offering us the best proposition we're probably going to see yet," Mayor Stimpson said.
City council said the vote to approve their contribution of $10 million dollars could be at a following meeting on July 10th.
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