Beginning in 2021, there will be a new home for the Senior Bowl. The nation’s top college all-star game will move to Hancock Whitney Stadium, the home stadium of South Alabama. The move brings an end to a long-standing institution in Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile.
“The Reese’s Senior Bowl Board of Trustees voted unanimously on March 4, 2020 to agree to a multi-year deal with the University of South Alabama to play the nationally televised Reese’s Senior Bowl game and its week of practices at Hancock Whitney Stadium, a brand new 25,000-seat state-of-the-art stadium located on the campus of the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, beginning in 2021,” Angus R. Cooper II, Chairman and President of the Senior Bowl Board of Trustees, said in a released statement on Wednesday.
Ladd-Pebbles Stadium has hosted the Senior Bowl since 1951. The stadium has also served as the host to South Alabama’s football program since 2009, but the Jaguars are preparing to move into their new digs this fall. South Alabama’s new football stadium may be smaller in stadium capacity (25,000 compared to the 40,000 seats located in Ladd-Pebbles Stadium), but the venue will be much more modern and equipped to handle such an event like the Senior Bowl.
The Senior Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2021 next offseason.