Mobile, AL (WKRG) – Members of the Mobile City Council may vote Tuesday morning whether or not to help fund the new on-campus stadium proposal on the University of South Alabama campus. The issue has been attracting a lot of attention over the past several weeks.
This is a big investment. The argument from the mayor’s office is that this project will help the city and allow them to tear down Ladd Peebles Stadium.
Last week we saw some of the top leaders from the University of South Alabama come to speak in front of the Mobile City Council. Two weeks ago USA was busing stadium supporters from the campus to the council meeting. The proposal in front of the council would commit $10 million dollars in taxpayer funding to the stadium over the course of the next two decades. A letter of intent says it would be half a million dollars every year. The council may vote on this today or they may hold it over for more study–we don’t know for sure right now.
Officials at the university are also asking the Mobile County Commission for $10 million dollars. Last week we reported the commission was considering a smaller amount of funding perhaps in the range of $2.5 million to $5 million. There are still questions over the economic benefit the new stadium would bring to the county.