The Mobile County School Board approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Mobile and a sales agreement concerning purchasing Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The Mobile City Council approved the items previously after much discussion and debate from the public.

The purchase price of the stadium is listed as $10. The 20-year intergovernmental agreement includes provisions to allow the city to continue to host special events and HBCU games.

The City will spend $9 million on updates over four years.

The school system will allow the public to continue using the walking trail outside of the stadium, and event promoters to add seating to bring the capacity to 30,000 when needed, but plans to bring regular capacity down from 40,000 to 25,000 to make it more suitable for high school events.

The stadium will be home to Murphy High School. Williamson High School will also use the stadium until the construction of its new stadium is complete.

Mobile County Schools also opened four new stadiums this year at B.C. Rain, Davidson, LeFlore Magnet and Vigor High Schools.

The Ladd-Peebles Sports and Entertainment Complex is the largest outdoor venue on the Gulf Coast. It has hosted the likes of Elvis, Charlie Daniels and Ed Sullivan. Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant coached his first game for the University of Alabama in the stadium.

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