MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — After nearly 14 weeks of debate, a decision finally came Tuesday on the City of Mobile financially supporting a new on-campus stadium at the University of South Alabama.
Mobile City Council has decided not to financially support stadium construction at the University of South Alabama.
Those who voted against the decision were: CJ Small, Bess Rich, Levon Manzie and John Williams.
Those who supported the measure were: Joel Daves, Fred Richardson, and Gina Gregory.
USA announced June 1st, plans to build a $72 million stadium and soon afterward requested the City of Mobile and Mobile County contribute $10 each to the project. Stimpson was on board right away, saying the move would save the city millions in the long run.
Mayor Stimpson released the following statement on the USA Stadium.
“I am disappointed with today’s decision. It sends a message to the NFL that the City does not support the Senior Bowl. It leaves Ladd Stadium with zero funding to create a facility that meets the needs of the neighborhood and the four high school football teams that play there. It leaves the City with no plan to solve the $33 million maintenance issue. Ladd will now have to compete with every other public facility fighting for funding. Over the course of the next 10 years, the City will accumulate $225 million in maintenance costs. This window of opportunity is gone, but we will continue to have to make tough choices on how we fund our public facilities.”