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History of The
Gulf Coast Challenge

Tradition Starts Here​

The Gulf Coast Challenge, “the Ultimate HBCU Experience” was created to enhance the exposure of Historically Black Colleges & Universities in this enriched community. The event highlights the community’s exclusive interest in HBCUs and the roles that they play in educating aspiring professionals & developing our future leaders. The Gulf Coast Challenge will attract thousands of fans, alumni, school members, and family members from these respected communities.

This event also has a goal to raise scholarship funds for the participating schools for years to come. Doing so will help to support the knowledge and experience offered by the discipline, commitment, and dedication it takes to be a Historically Black College & University student. Fans and alumni from both institutions will be hosted in Mobile for the love of the game, the passion for their team, the fellowship of the alumni, and the untapped fun of this flavorful city.

Handbag Policy

If you must bring a bag, please be familiar with our clear bag policies below. Be safe. Have Fun. Feel free to bring your binoculars and cameras – just not in their cases!

What's allowed

  • Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″

  • Small clutch bags that are or are not clear, up to a maximum of 4.5″ x 6.5″ (these may be brought alone or in combination with clear bags)

  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags

  • Medically necessary items that have been cleared at gate inspection (please allow extra time for this process)

What's Not Allowed?

  • Printed, patterned or tinted plastic bags, mesh bags, binocular/camera cases, diaper bags, purses, fanny packs, clear backpacks, oversized totes and/or any other bag that does not comply with the guidelines for allowed items listed below.

Stadium Info

Ladd-Peebles Stadium has been Mobile’s sports centerpiece for 70 years. Owned by the City of Mobile and managed by a volunteer board of community leaders.

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Alabama A&M

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is a public, comprehensive, 1890 land-grant institution committed to access and opportunity of education. We are dedicated to intellectual inquiry, the application of knowledge and excellence in teaching, research, and service, which is responsive to the needs of a diverse student population and the social and economic needs of the region. 

The University offers contemporary baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral level degrees to prepare students for careers in the arts, sciences, business, engineering, education, agriculture and technology. 

As a center of excellence, the University is dedicated to providing a student-centered educational environment for the emergence of scholars, scientists, leaders, and critical thinkers who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership in a 21st century national and global society.

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Jackson State University

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Jackson State University has a distinguished history, rich in the tradition of educating young men and women for leadership, having undergone seven name changes as it grew and developed. Founded as Natchez Seminary in 1877 by the American Baptist Home mission Society, the school was established as Natchez, Mississippi “for the moral, religious and intellectual improvement of Christian leaders of the colored people of Mississippi and the neighboring states.” In November 1882, the school was moved to Jackson; in March 1899, the curriculum was expanded and the name was changed to Jackson College.

The state assumed support of the college in 1940, assigning to it the mission of training teachers.  Subsequently, between 1953 and 1956, the curriculum was expanded to include a graduate program and bachelor’s programs in the arts and sciences; the name was then changed to Jackson State College in 1956. Further expansion of the curriculum and a notable building program preceded the elevation of Jackson State College to university status on March 15, 1974. In 1979, Jackson State was officially designated the Urban University of the State of Mississippi. Presently, Jackson State University, a public, coeducational institution, is supported by legislative appropriations supplemented by student fees and federal and private grants.

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