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Mitchell Center

Mobile, AL

Home of the South Alabama Jaguars

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Mitchell Center (map it)
307 N. University Blvd
Mobile, AL 36608


South Alabama Jaguars website

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Year Opened: 1998

Capacity: 10,041

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The Mitchell Report

The Mitchell Center on the campus of South Alabama has twice hosted the Sun Belt Conference basketball tournament, and with a capacity of over 10,000 for basketball, it is one of the biggest basketball venues in the state of Alabama.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

One of the first things I noticed attending a game at South Alabama (especially being someone that attended games in Mississippi growing up) is that beer is available for purchase at the basketball games. Of course, you are still going to pay stadium prices for that beer.

The second thing that you might notice is that concession lines can be pretty long. I thought it might just be me, or it might have been a bad night, but apparently this has been an issue for quite some time.

All in all, I would suggest eating beforehand and being selective on a trip to the concession stand. The saving grace in the whole situation is that the game is on monitors throughout the concourse areas.

Atmosphere    3

One of the best aspects of the Mitchell Center is that there are not many bad seats in the house. That alone helps with the atmosphere of any basketball game.

The crowd that is there, which many times is not large, does bring a good vibe to the game. Mobile is a city that loves sports, and that love bleeds over to South Alabama basketball games, as well.

Neighborhood    4

If you are planning on attending a game at the Mitchell Center, there are several restaurants from which to choose for a pregame meal. If you want a restaurant that is not in your town, I'd suggest swinging by Pickle Fish Pizza. With a variety of sandwiches and pizzas, there will be something there for the whole family.

Old Shell Road, one of the highways that leads to the university runs through a large portion of the city, and with a bit of driving, that fact opens up many restaurants for a pre-game meal.

If you are a golfer and making a weekend out of the trip, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail runs throughout the area, and Mobile is only about an hour from the Mississippi casinos and Alabama beaches.

Fans    3

When visiting an arena, one always has to wonder if the crowd is always as hot or dead as it is that night. The crowd for the home finale against North Texas stayed pretty excited the entire game, but that crowd was about 1500 stronger than many of the games this 2013 season.

That said, the crowd stayed excited for most of the game, watching their squad pick up a 69-57 victory.

Access    4

Getting to Mobile is not a much of a challenge, but getting around the city of Mobile can be. If you are familiar with the city, going to a game at the Mitchell Center will not be a problem. If you are new to the area, it might be a bit of a challenge. However, compared to getting to many stadiums, this one is pretty easy.

Return on Investment    3

The Sun Belt Conference brings in some exciting teams, and South Alabama has managed to put some exciting teams on their schedule at home over the past few years. With plenty of good seats and an easy game-day experience, fans will enjoy going to a game at the Mitchell Center.

Extras    2

The Mitchell Center earns bonus points for the easy parking. Even if the arena is at full capacity, there are nearly 4500 parking spaces within a ten minute walk, a definite advantage.

In addition, the venue has a feeling of still being quite new, and it ranks with any in Alabama.

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