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Go Daddy Bowl & Senior Bowl Free Parking
The Low Down on Parking
Every year, Mobile, Alabama hosts both the Go Daddy Bowl (formerly known as the GMAC Bowl) and the Senior Bowl at the Ladd-Peebles Stadium, an outdoor stadium. While there are plenty of places to park in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium, it's not free. Families in the area look forward every year to all of us parking in their yards for anywhere from $5 to $10. It's closer, it's very safe, and the families take pride in guarding your car. I highly recommend it. If you decide to pay to park, park in the areas north of the stadium( see 2nd map) so you will be close to the entrance and can make a quick getaway.
Map of Winn Dixie Area Parking
How to Score Free Parking
While I applaud local families and their capitalistic instincts, I don't like to pay for parking. I enjoy walking to the stadium while I take in the local architecture. I live less than a mile away and we typically walk from our home. However, there is a great, closer location to park on Government Street, at the corner of Catherine Street. This is around 4 blocks away as the stadium is on Virginia Street, which is parallel to Government Street.
On either corner of Catherine Street and Government Street intersection, there are businesses with large parking lots. On the west side, there is a Winn-Dixie. On the east side, you will see a Starbucks, along with a shopping center. If you are hungry, the newly upscale Winn Dixie has a great takeout section, while Ray-Ray's Wings, Papa John's Pizza, or Starbucks will also sustain you.
Homes along Dexter Avenue in Leinkauf Historic District
Walking Through Historic Leinkauf Neighborhood
After you eat, look for the historic neighborhood sign, Flo-Claire; this includes the streets McDonald Avenue and West Street. This was one of the early suburbs of Mobile, which back then was accessible by street car. Today, it is a lovely area filled with well-tended yards of the upper middle class, just like back in the early 1900's. It's a short walk down two blocks of McDonald Avenue, then you will go through a short iron fence and continue walking South towards Virginia Street. The homes behind McDonald are also historic, but from a later time period, the 1930's and 1940's. There will be a policeman at Virginia Street so you can cross. If you would like to go down a different street, to see more homes in the Leinkauf Historic District, consider taking Tuttle Street(to the East) or South Monterey(to the West). These feature a wide range of homes before the 1900s, as well as the turn of the century.
Take S. Monterey, West, McDonald or Tuttle
2012 Senior Bowl
While you are here for either bowl, there will be a Mardi Gras parade just for our visitors! Also, we have bus tours that leave daily from the Fort Conde Information Center. They are great tours of our beautiful historic districts, usually around $12- $20 per person. There is also a free way to travel the downtown city: the MODA. Look for the GREEN umbrellas. The free route travels down Dauphin Street, which is a big nightlife area and food area. It also goes down Church Street, which has a lovely historic district. Looking for a place to eat? You definitely want seafood! Felix's on the Causeway is excellent, but Wintzell's on upper Dauphin Street is an old favorite! Royal Scam on Royal Street is delicious. Mediterranean Sandwich Co. is on Dauphin Street and open to 2 a.m. Interested in some Mexican or Sushi? Go to Liquid/O.K. Bicycle Shop on upper Dauphin Street. It's safe to walk from downtown hotels along Dauphin Street.