Ladd–Peebles Stadium

Ladd–Peebles Stadium (formerly Ernest F. Ladd Memorial Stadium) is a stadium located in Mobile, Alabama.

Opened 70 years ago in 1948,[1] it has a seating capacity of 33,471. It is primarily used for American football, and is the home field for the Senior Bowl, the Dollar General Bowl, and the University of South Alabama Jaguars.[2] In addition to football, the stadium is also used for concerts (maximum capacity 50,000), boxing matches, high school graduations, trade shows, and festivals.[2] Numerous entertainers have performed at Ladd–Peebles Stadium.[2]

Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Ladd Peebles Stadium
Looking west in 2003
Ladd–Peebles Stadium is located in Alabama
Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Location in Alabama
Ladd–Peebles Stadium is located in the United States
Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Ladd–Peebles Stadium
Location in the United States
Former namesErnest F. Ladd Memorial Stadium (1948–1997)
Location1621 Virginia Street
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
Coordinates30°40′23″N 88°04′34″W / 30.673°N 88.076°WCoordinates: 30°40′23″N 88°04′34″W / 30.673°N 88.076°W
OwnerCity of Mobile
OperatorCity of Mobile
Capacity40,000 (football, 2011–present)
40,646 (football, 1969–2010)
40,605 (football, 1958–1968)
36,000 (football, 1948–1957)
50,000 (concerts)
SurfaceFieldTurf (2004–present)
Natural grass (1948–2004)
Construction
OpenedOctober 2, 1948
70 years ago
Construction cost$10 million (renovations)
ArchitectClark Geer & Latham and Associates, Inc. (renovations)
Tenants
Mobile County High schools
Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic (1988–2010)
Senior Bowl (NCAA) (1951–present)
Dollar General Bowl (NCAA) (1999–present)
South Alabama Jaguars (NCAA) (2009–present)

History

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, a local banking magnate who died in 1941, with the stadium initially carrying the name "Ernest F. Ladd Memorial Stadium". On May 4 and 5 of 1955, a tour headlining country and western stars Hank Snow, Faron Young, The Wilburn Brothers, Mother Maybel, The Carter Sisters (including June, the future Mrs Johnny Cash), Jimmy Rogers Snow, The Davis Sisters, Onie Wheeler and a still unknown Elvis Presley played two nightly shows there. More than 40 years later, in 1997, it was renamed "Ladd-Peebles Stadium", continuing to honor Ladd, but also honoring E. B. Peebles, a civic leader who was instrumental in the revitalization of the Senior Bowl.[2]

Renovations

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.[3]

In 2004, the stadium selected and installed FieldTurf as its new playing surface.[4]

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; in fact it remains the program's home as of 2018.[5]

The stadium underwent a $2.2 million facelift which also includes the construction of 11 luxury sky boxes on the stadium's west side. The project was finished at the beginning of the 2009 season.

Events

The stadium's first game was in 1948, between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Vanderbilt Commodores on October 2,[1] with the Tide scoring on the final play for a 14–14 tie.[2][6] 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. Notable Tigers that year were Billy Cannon and Johnny Robinson.[7]

The Senior Bowl played its inaugural edition at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville in January 1950, then moved to Mobile, and it has been played in Ladd–Peebles ever since.

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 in Hattiesburg was also a consistent Ladd Stadium tenant, as the Golden Eagles played seventeen games there from 1950 through 1974; Southern Miss opponents included Texas A&M, Florida State, and Alabama.

Beginning in 1974, it began hosting the Gulf Coast Classic, an Alabama State University homecoming game against a fellow Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) opponent.

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. The event has since been moved to Montgomery and is now played in December.[8]

In late 1999, the stadium hosted the inaugural Mobile Bowl, which continues today as the Dollar General 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.[2] 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.

In 2014, 38,129 attended a game at the stadium on September 13 between the South Alabama Jaguars and the Mississippi State Bulldogs; it was the first sell-out in the Jaguars' football history, but the Bulldogs won 35–3.[9][10]

On August 21, 2015, between 20,000 and 30,000 gathered at the stadium for a rally for 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump.[11][12]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Alabama-Vandy kickoff is set for 2:30 today". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). United Press. October 2, 1948. p. 1.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "About Ladd–Peebles Stadium". Ladd–Peebles Stadium Official Website. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  3. ^ "Stadium". Ladd–Peebles Stadium Official Website. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  4. ^ "Mobile's Ladd–Peebles Stadium, Home of the Senior Bowl, Selects FieldTurf". July 6, 2004. Retrieved December 8, 2007.
  5. ^ BOARD OF TRUSTEES VOTES TO ADD NCAA FOOTBALL
  6. ^ Dopson, Roland (October 3, 1948). "Alabama scores on last play to tie Vandy 14-14". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). United Press. p. 8.
  7. ^ Land, Charles (September 28, 1958). "Fighting Tide bows, 13 to 3". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). p. 1.
  8. ^ "Alabama - Mississippi 29th Annual All-Star Game".
  9. ^ "Saturday's South Alabama-Mississippi State game officially a sellout, first in Jags' program history". AL.com.
  10. ^ "Dak Prescott runs, throws, even catches Mississippi State past South Alabama". AL.com.
  11. ^ Carlos Gieseken (August 22, 2015). "Trump draws huge crowd for speech at Alabama stadium". USA Today. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "Donald Trump 2016: Mobile, Alabama rally and the ghost of George Wallace". POLITICO.

External links

2007 Senior Bowl

The 2007 Under Armour Senior Bowl was a college football exhibition game featuring players from the 2006 college football season and prospects in the 2007 NFL Draft. It was played on January 27, 2007, at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Coverage of the event was on high-definition on the NFL Network. The North team won, 27–0.

2008 GMAC Bowl

The 2008 GMAC Bowl was an American college football bowl game. It was part of the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season and was the ninth annual playing of the game. It was played on January 6, 2008, at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, and featured the Bowling Green Falcons against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

2009 South Alabama Jaguars football team

The 2009 South Alabama Jaguars football team represented the University of South Alabama in the 2009 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by first-year head coach Joey Jones and played their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium. The Jaguars, playing as an independent in their inaugural season, played an abbreviated season of seven games, none of which were against any other Division I teams, and most of which were against prep schools. The Jaguars completed their season with an undefeated record of seven wins and zero losses (7–0).

2010 South Alabama Jaguars football team

The 2010 South Alabama Jaguars football team represented the University of South Alabama in the 2010 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by second-year head coach Joey Jones and played their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium.

Continuing the Jaguars' slow immersion into Division I football, the Jaguars increased their schedule to ten games (up from seven in their inaugural season), dropped all of their prep school opponents and played three of their ten contests on the road. The Jaguars completed their second season with an undefeated record of ten wins and zero losses (10–0).

2011 Senior Bowl

The 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl was an all-star college football exhibition game featuring players from the 2010 college football season, and prospects for the 2011 Draft of the professional National Football League (NFL). Final score was South Team 24 to North Team 10.

The game was played on January 29, 2011, at 3 pm CST (4 p.m. Eastern time) at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, between "North" and "South" teams. The coaching staff of the Cincinnati Bengals, led by head coach Marvin Lewis, coached the North team. The coaching staff of the Buffalo Bills, led by head coach Chan Gailey, coached the South team.

For the South team, quarterback Christian Ponder, formerly with Florida State, threw 132 yards and two touchdowns and was named the Most Valuable Player. Leonard Hankerson, former Miami Hurricanes wide receiver, had five catches for 100 yards and one touchdown. He was named the Under Armour Offensive Player of the Game.

Coverage of the event was in high-definition on the NFL Network.

2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl

The 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl was a college football game, the thirteenth of the annual games now known as the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Part of the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and one of the 2011–12 NCAA football bowl games, it took place on January 8, 2012, at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The Northern Illinois Huskies from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves from the Sun Belt Conference, 38–20.The first quarter saw the Red Wolves build up a 13–0 lead, but then the Huskies scored 31 unanswered points to put the game away in the second half.

2012 South Alabama Jaguars football team

The 2012 South Alabama Jaguars football team represented the University of South Alabama in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Joey Jones and played their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium. They were a member of the Sun Belt Conference. As part of their two-year transition to the FBS from the FCS, the Jaguars were not eligible for the Sun Belt championship and were not eligible to play in a bowl game. They finished the season 2–11, 1–7 in Sun Belt play to finish in last place.

2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl

The 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game held on January 6, 2013, at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The 14th edition of the bowl began at 8:00 PM CST and aired on ESPN. The Kent State Golden Flashes of the Mid-American Conference competed against the Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State Red Wolves.

2013 South Alabama Jaguars football team

The 2013 South Alabama Jaguars football team represented the University of South Alabama in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fifth-year head coach Joey Jones and played their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. This season marked the first season the Jaguars' were eligible for the Sun Belt championship and to play in a bowl game. They finished the season 6–6, 4–3 in Sun Belt play to finish in a fourth way tie four third place. Despite being bowl eligible, they were not invited to a bowl game.

2014 South Alabama Jaguars football team

The 2014 South Alabama Jaguars football team represented the University of South Alabama in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by sixth-year head coach Joey Jones and played their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 6–7, 5–3 in Sun Belt play to finish in a three way tie for fourth place. In only their second year of bowl eligibility, they were invited to the Camellia Bowl, where they lost to Bowling Green.

2015 GoDaddy Bowl (December)

The 2015 GoDaddy Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game played on December 23, 2015 at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The 17th edition of the GoDaddy Bowl featured the Bowling Green Falcons of the Mid-American Conference against the Georgia Southern Eagles of the Sun Belt Conference. Kickoff was at 7:00 p.m. CST and aired on ESPN. It was one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concludes the 2015 FBS football season. The game was sponsored by Internet domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy.

2015 South Alabama Jaguars football team

The 2015 South Alabama Jaguars football team represented the University of South Alabama in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by seventh-year head coach Joey Jones and played their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The Jaguars were members of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 5–7, 3–5 in Sun Belt play to finish in a five way tie for fifth place.

2016 Dollar General Bowl

The 2016 Dollar General Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game that was played at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on December 23, 2016. The 18th edition of the Dollar General Bowl (previously called the GoDaddy Bowl) featured the Ohio Bobcats of the Mid-American Conference versus the Troy Trojans of the Sun Belt Conference.

2016 South Alabama Jaguars football team

The 2016 South Alabama Jaguars football team represented the University of South Alabama in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Jaguars played their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, and competed in the Sun Belt Conference. They were led by head coach Joey Jones, who was in his eighth year with the team. They finished the season 6–7, 2–6 in Sun Belt play to finish in a three-way tie for eighth place. They were invited to the Arizona Bowl where they lost to Air Force.

2017 South Alabama Jaguars football team

The 2017 South Alabama Jaguars football team represented the University of South Alabama in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Jaguars played their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, and competed in the Sun Belt Conference. They were led by ninth-year head coach Joey Jones. They finished the season 4–8, 3–5 in Sun Belt play to finish in a tie for eighth place.

On November 20 following a 52–0 loss to previously winless Georgia Southern, head coach Joey Jones, the only head coach in South Alabama football history, announced his resignation. He stayed on to coach the final game of the season and finished at South Alabama with a nine-year record of 52–50. On December 7, the school hired Steve Campbell as head coach.

2018 South Alabama Jaguars football team

The 2018 South Alabama Jaguars football team represented the University of South Alabama in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Jaguars played their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, and competed in the West Division of the Sun Belt Conference. They were led by first-year head coach Steve Campbell. They finished the season 3–9, 2–6 in Sun Belt play to finish in fourth place in the West Division.

2019 South Alabama Jaguars football team

The 2019 South Alabama Jaguars football team represents the University of South Alabama in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Jaguars play their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, and compete in the West Division of the Sun Belt Conference. They are led by second-year head coach Steve Campbell.

List of Alabama Crimson Tide home football stadiums

The Alabama Crimson Tide football team represents the University of Alabama and has competed in football since 1892. Although the Alabama campus is physically located in Tuscaloosa, through the history of the program, several stadiums located in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile have played host to the football team.

South Alabama Jaguars football

The South Alabama Jaguars football program, established in 2009, represents the University of South Alabama in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, of which it became a member in 2012.

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