MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Ladd-Peebles Stadium is losing another high-profile football game.
WKRG Sports has confirmed the Lending Tree Bowl, scheduled for Dec. 18, is moving to Hancock Whitney Stadium. LendingTree Bowl President Jerry Silverstein and University of South Alabama Director of Athletics Joel Erdmann announced the move Friday afternoon.
“The move to the new stadium has lots to offer our participating universities giving them access to upgraded sports medicine capabilities, practice facilities, fan engagement, and meeting areas,” LendingTree Bowl Executive Director Sherrie Dyal said in the announcement. “We are thrilled to be able to offer these to our guests and compete with the amenities other bowl games are able to offer.”
Last year, Ladd also lost the Senior Bowl, which had been played there for 70 years before moving to USA’s new stadium.
Mobile County Public Schools announced in October it would no longer hold events at Ladd-Peebles. This decision came in the wake of five people being shot during the fourth quarter of the Oct. 15 Williams versus Vigor football game.
The 23rd annual LendingTree Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 4:45 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. The matchup will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 5 on Bowl Selection Sunday.
“We appreciate everything the Ladd-Peebles Stadium Board and their Management Team did to make our bowl game a success the past 22 years,” Silverstein said in the announcement.