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STADIUM UPGRADE

Ladd-Peebles Stadium gets new turf

Wed, Aug 07, 2013

MOBILE, AL -- Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the longtime home of the Senior Bowl, has a new look.

The stadium, which has hosted the Senior Bowl since 1951, has a new surface thanks to a city-approved $311,168 addition of new field turf.

"One of the major priorities for the Senior Bowl was to really push for a new field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium," said Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. "And today it becomes a reality."

"Field Turf provides the surface and it's going to great to have the 100 top players in the country prior to next year's draft here for the Senior Bowl game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on a brand new field," he continued.

The old surface had served nine Senior Bowls, having been installed prior to the 2005 game.

The nation's top athletes will see and feel the difference in January of 2014.

"There's a lot of pressure on the players to come down and perform -- not only off the field in terms of the interviews and meeting with the teams -- but on the field," Savage said. "If you have a surface that is really not functional and they do slip in their cuts and they worry about safety and so we feel like that the grade of turf that the city was able to acquire from Field Turf is going to be execellent. It meets every need, every requirement. It's a very similar surface to what they have in virtually every NFL stadium across the league."

The Senior Bowl is scheduled to be played January 25, 2014.