USA's new football stadium name announced

(image: WPMI) USA's new football stadium name announced

A big announcement on South Alabama's new football stadium today, the new USA stadium will be called Hancock Whitney Stadium.

Work has already started on the new $72 million on campus stadium.

It's expected to be ready for the fall 2020 season.

USA and Hancock Whitney issued the following joint statement Tuesday morning:

The University of South Alabama and Hancock Whitney announced today that the University’s new on-campus football stadium, scheduled to open in 2020, will be named Hancock Whitney Stadium in recognition of a new, comprehensive financial partnership between the two organizations.

“We are excited and proud to partner with an established, respected financial services company that is headquartered on the Gulf Coast,” said USA President Tony Waldrop. “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Hancock Whitney, and we look forward to welcoming our students, alumni and fans to Hancock Whitney Stadium in 2020.”

Under the terms of the 10-year agreement, Hancock Whitney will provide the University of South Alabama with an array of financial and investment services.

“Hancock Whitney’s mission is to help people in our communities achieve their dreams. We are delighted to provide the expertise and support to help enable the growth of the University of South Alabama,” said Hancock Whitney Regional President Robbie Baker. “The University provides excellent educational and medical services to the greater South Alabama community, and we are proud to help them advance their mission.”

The 25,000-seat Hancock Whitney Stadium will be located on the west side of campus, adjacent to the Jaguar Training Center, Football Fieldhouse and football practice fields. Included in the plans are a state-of-the-art video board and sound system, an end-zone terrace, 18-seat suites, a club level with 800 seats, and premier chair-back and benchback seating options. The site will include hospitality areas for tailgating, events and recreational vehicle parking.

“Hancock Whitney Stadium will propel South Alabama football and all Jaguar athletics programs to a new level of excellence, success and prestige,” said Joel Erdmann, director of athletics. “We have been deliberate and meticulous in planning every aspect of this stadium project, and our students, alumni and fans will be proud to call it home.”

“The new Hancock Whitney Stadium will offer an excellent experience to fans and the broader community, and we are proud to align our brand to this new showpiece venue,” said Hancock Whitney Chief Executive Officer John Hairston.

The University will in the coming weeks release information about ticketing and parking. Fundraising for the stadium continues, and additional sponsorship and donor opportunities are available. To support Hancock Whitney Stadium, contact Joel Erdmann at or 251-460-7121, or Jacob Ludwikowski at or 251-461-1553, or visit

About Hancock Whitney Since the late 1800s, Hancock Whitney has embodied core values of Honor & Integrity, Strength & Stability, Commitment to Service, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility. Part of Hancock Whitney Corporation, Hancock Whitney offices and financial centers in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas offer comprehensive financial products and services, including traditional and online banking; commercial and small business banking; private banking; trust and investment services; healthcare banking; certain insurance services; and mortgage services. The company also operates a loan

production office in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as trust and asset management offices in New Jersey and New York. BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating and analysis firm, consistently recommends Hancock Whitney as one of America’s most financially sound banks. More information is available at

About University of South Alabama The University of South Alabama is a comprehensive, global research and teaching university that provides students a quality education in business, the liberal arts, education, engineering, computing, the sciences and health care. USA’s commitment to student success includes small class sizes and hands-on research opportunities in more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs. Students enjoy an outstanding campus experience, with state-of-the-art facilities, a 116,000-square-foot recreation center and more than 200 student clubs and organizations. The USA Jaguars field 17 Division I athletic teams that compete in the Sun Belt Conference

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