Study shows new USA stadium is feasible but funding is a concern


The possibility of an on-campus stadium at the University of South Alabama is one step closer to reality.

A study shows building a new stadium on campus is feasible but school athletic officials say the problem now is funding.

A new stadium is talk USA Head Coach Joey Jones welcomes.

"The on campus electricity that we're going to have when we have it on the campus is going to be tremendous," Jones said.

A recent study revealed the best location for the stadium would be where the intramural fields currently sit.

The new stadium would seat about 25,000 and would cost between $85 and $115 million.

Jones said, "We're going to fill it up, and it's going to be electric every week and the students will all come out there."

Athletic Director Joel Erdmann says turnout isn't the concern, it's money.

"It's something that's going to have to take a great deal of commitment from many people," he said.

Currently the team plays home games at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

South's linebacker Roman Buchanan says an on campus stadium will increase school spirit.

"I think we'll definitely be able to feed off the crowd because I expect a better student turnout," he said.

Coach Jones says it'll also help with recruiting.

Erdmann says it's one step forward with another big financial one to go.

"We know exactly what it is, where it would be and what it would cost," he said. "So we have concrete information to share with people, now is this something that's a priority to us and if it is we got to figure out how to pay for it."

Officials say the next step is to identify external resources to make the new stadium a reality.