Battle for the Belt: What you need to know


If you’re headed to the South Alabama game on Saturday, you’re going to need to be prepared.

Troy enters as a 9-point favorite over the Jags, looking for its first bowl since 2010. South wants its first conference win and control of the Belt, but this article is not about the betting lines or analysis.

The logistics of attending a game can be stressful, so here is what fans need to know:

  • Gates for the grounds will open at 8 a.m. for parking.
  • Tickets can be bought online or at the gate—$25 for sideline seats, $20 for endzone.
  • Parking spaces at Ladd are limited, but there are many alternatives to parking at the stadium. There are many lots near the stadium, including two lots—one at 1251 Virgina Street and one at Williamson High School—that typically run shuttles.
  • According to, handicapped parking spots are available for $15.
  • The Wave transit system will run round-trip shuttles from Bel Air Mall behind JCPenney. The shuttles, which cost $2.50 per person, will run from 3 p.m. until 90 minutes after the game ends. Children five years old and younger can ride for free.
  • Beer is sold at the concessions stands, so long as you have a valid ID, but will not be sold after the third quarter. Stands accept credit, debit, and cash.
  • You can bring in two bottles of water per person, so long as they are unopened.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the stadium, and if you leave you will not be readmitted.

Kickoff at Ladd is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and in case you can’t make it, the game will be televised on ESPNU.