Ladd Peebles Stadium
|Former names||Ernest F. Ladd Memorial Stadium|
|Location||1621 Virginia Street, Mobile, AL 36604|
|Owner||City of Mobile|
|Operator||City of Mobile|
|Construction cost||$10 million (renovations)|
|Architect||Clark Geer & Latham and Associates, Inc. (renovations)|
|Capacity||33,471 (football, 2012-present)
38,888 (football, 2011)
40,646 (football, 1969-2010)
40,605 (football, 1958-1968)
36,000 (football, 1948-1957)
|Mobile County High schools
Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic (1988-2010)
Senior Bowl (NCAA) (1951-Present)
GoDaddy.com Bowl (NCAA) (1999-Present)
South Alabama Jaguars (NCAA) (2009-Present)
Ladd Peebles Stadium (formerly Ernest F. Ladd Memorial Stadium) is a stadium in Mobile, Alabama. It is primarily used for American football, and is the home field for the Senior Bowl, the GoDaddy.com Bowl, and the University of South Alabama Jaguars. It opened in 1948 and has a seating capacity of 33,471.
It was originally named for Ernest F. Ladd, a local banking magnate who died in 1941. In 1997, it was renamed to honor E.B. Peebles, a civic leader who was instrumental in the revitalization of the Senior Bowl.
In addition to football, the stadium is also used for concerts (maximum capacity 50,000), boxing matches, high school graduations, trade shows, and festivals. Ed Sullivan, Jimmy Buffett, Taylor Swift and many other entertainers have performed at Ladd Peebles Stadium.
The stadium was constructed in 1948 with private funding from a local banker wishing to create a permanent honor to his mentor, Ernest F. Ladd. The stadium's first game was a meeting between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Vanderbilt Commodores on October 2, 1948 which ended in a 14–14 tie. From 1948 to 1968, with the exceptions of 1960 and 1962, the Crimson Tide played one game per year in Ladd Stadium. In 1958, legendary head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant coached his first game as Alabama's head coach in Ladd Stadium when the Crimson Tide fell 13-3 to LSU.
Ladd-Peebles Stadium also played host to numerous other major college games over the years. Auburn played eight games at Ladd from 1948–55, playing the likes of Clemson, Florida and Ole Miss. The University of Southern Mississippi was also a consistent Ladd Stadium tenant, as the Golden Eagles played 17 games there from 1950 through 1974. Southern Mississippi's opponents included schools such as Texas A&M, Florida State and Alabama.
In 1951, the new Senior Bowl moved from Jacksonville to Mobile, where it has been played in Ladd-Peebles ever since.
In 1988, the stadium hosted the first-ever Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, an annual football event that features the best senior high school players and top collegiate prospects from Mississippi against the best from Alabama. Formerly played in June, the contest is now an annual event held at Ladd-Peebles the second Saturday in December.
In 1997, Ladd Peebles Stadium underwent a $8.1 million renovation that resulted in a new press box featuring a 120-seat club level and luxury suites, new scoreboards, new PA and lighting systems, new locker rooms, new restrooms, an expansion of the concourse areas, and new concession stands, as well as the stadium offices.
In 1999, the stadium hosted the inaugural Mobile Bowl, which continues today as the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Formerly matching teams from the Mid-American Conference and Conference USA, the bowl announced a new agreement in 2009 to annually feature teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Mid-American Conference beginning with the 2010 game. The agreement, however, was canceled after one year and the bowl's matchup now consists of the Mid-American Conference facing the Sun Belt Conference.
On December 6, 2008, the Board of Trustees at the University of South Alabama approved adding football to its intercollegiate athletics program. The move came with the announcement that the team would call Ladd-Peebles Stadium home for at least seven years.
The stadium underwent a $2.2 million facelift which also includes the construction of a 11 luxury sky boxes on the stadium's west side. The project was finished at the beginning of the 2009 season.
- "About Ladd-Peebles Stadium". Ladd-Peebles Stadium Official Website. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- "Stadium". Ladd-Peebles Stadium Official Website. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
- "Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Home of the Senior Bowl, Selects FieldTurf". July 6, 2004. Retrieved December 8, 2007.
- BOARD OF TRUSTEES VOTES TO ADD NCAA FOOTBALL - USAJaguars.com—Official Web Site of University of South Alabama Athletics
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