The South Alabama Jaguars have not had a football team for very long, but it seems as though they have began to explore options of having an on-campus stadium. The university is a long ways away from getting its stadium, but it is a step in the right direction.
According to College Football Talk, South Alabama announced Monday that they would begin exploring options of constructing an on-campus football stadium. For the past seven years, the Jaguars have played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, seven miles off campus.
“Construction of a football stadium is an extremely complex undertaking that requires significant due diligence on the part of the University leadership, and we are at the very beginning of a process that will examine all the issues we must consider before a decision can be made,” said USA President Tony Waldrop in a released statement.
It may be years before the team is able to have a stadium closer to campus, but it is a good start for the Jaguars. Having an on-campus stadium would not only bring more revenue to the school, but it would also get the team out of the aging stadium twenty minutes off-campus.
Ladd-Peebles was built in 1948 and in addition to hosting Jaguar football, it is home to the GoDaddy.com Bowl and the Senior Bowl. The latter game has been held there since its inception in 1951.
The Jaguars have experienced some success since moving up to the FBS in 2012. After a dismal 2-11 season in their first year, the team has gone 6-6 in the last two regular seasons, including a bowl appearance against Bowling Green in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl last season.
Things are looking up for the Jaguars, let’s just hope for the best for this team. The Jaguars open the season on September 5 against Gardner-Webb.
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