Citadel opts to rebuild Johnson Hagood Stadium section

The stadium is named for Brig. Gen. Johnson Hagood, a member of The Citadel Class of 1847.   File photo

The Citadel plans demolition and a major overhaul to address structural aging issues at Johnson Hagood Stadium after a recent study revealed that a simple renovation would not suffice.

The institution’s board approved razing and reconstruction when it became clear following a summer review that the arena’s easternmost stands were too old to refurbish in a cost-efficient manner.

Built in the 1920s, the stadium was renovated in 1948, with its west side stands reconstructed in the 2000s. This newer section hosts the South Carolina Army National Guard, seats over 10,000 and features luxury suites as well as a club level.

Now, the east-side platforms remain the oldest original part of the complex. Built to accommodate over 9,000 visitors during each Bulldogs football game, the east side stands’ capacity was reduced last season because of the increasing structural aging.

The Citadel Board of Visitors’ chairman Lt. Gen. John B. Sams Jr. said the work would be done in cooperation with nearby neighborhoods as well as The Citadel’s Board of Architectural Review. The plan is to tear down the old stands and supply temporary seating until funding for a permanent section can be obtained.

The stadium is named for Brig. Gen. Johnson Hagood, a member of The Citadel Class of 1847 and former governor of South Carolina.

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