September 18, 2004
Board of Visitors endorses Stoney Field for new stadium site
The Citadel Board of Visitors voted today to focus all efforts on building a new stadium at Stoney Field, a location across from Johnson Hagood stadium that is used by Burke High School. By its action, the board is moving forward with the proposed venture that would provide a 22,000-seat stadium for use by The Citadel as well as other groups.
The next step will be to work with the city, the state and private donors to clear remaining hurdles over issues of land and financing. The Citadel needs a deed to the city-owned property before it can begin construction. The college is also prepared to invest $15 million in the project but other entities will need to come up with funds to make the project viable. The Citadel has currently raised about $6 million of the funds it is prepared to invest.
BOV member Buck Limehouse '60 called the plan a vision that goes far beyond repairing Johnson Hagood. "What we are doing is trying to improve The Citadel for the next 100 years," he said.
Board Chairman Billy Jenkinson '68 appointed an administrative group headed by Citadel President Major General John Grinalds to work out details on land and funding with the city and others. In addition to Limehouse and Grinalds, the committee includes Tom McQueeney '74 of the Charleston Metro Sports Council, Charles Eiserhardt '68 who has assisted with fundraising, and Curt Holland, The Citadel's vice president for business and finance. Jenkinson and BOV Athletic Committee Chairman Julian Frasier '59 will serve as ad hoc members.
In its resolution the board put January 30, 2005 as the target date for receiving information or written commitments that would make the project move forward. The BOV intends for The Citadel to be playing in a new stadium either at Stoney Field or Johnson Hagood by the start of the 2006 football season.
The board started discussing replacements to Johnson Hagood stadium in 1987 according to Frasier. "We are now saying that we will bring $15 million to the table and will go to Stoney Field if the other pieces come together," he commented.