15 Sep 2006
Johnson Hagood features state's largest scoreboard
A new era in Citadel football began last Saturday as fans enjoyed the first major renovations to historic Johnson Hagood Stadium since the antiquated facility reopened on October 16, 1948.
Phase II of the stadium revitalization project features a new $8 million west side grandstands containing approximately 10,500 new bleachers and special seats with chair-backs and cup-holders for the more than the 1,700 fans who bought personal seat licenses (PSLs).
But the biggest attraction for fans on both sides was the new Daktronics scoreboard which, to date, is the largest scoreboard in the state of South Carolina. Featuring a huge videoboard that can display replays, live action and more, the scoreboard is the width of the field’s playing surface.
Included in the scoreboard – in addition to the standard information – are updated rushing and passing statistics for both teams and a sound system which is perhaps the finest of any outdoor venue in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
The revitalization process will continue with plans for a state-of-the-art press box, club seats and a dozen or so luxury suites on the west (home) side. Phase III should be completed in the fall of 2008. The Citadel is working with the South Carolina National Guard to incorporate a readiness center into the stadium complex. Both parties would benefit by the shared use of classrooms and other joint areas.
Phase IV will include a complete renovation of the east (visitors) side.
Phase I was completed in the fall of 2001 with the opening of the Altman Athletic Center in the south end zone that encompasses two team locker rooms and a large, second-floor hospitality area specifically for upper-level donors of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation. The nearly $3 million facility also features a balcony that overlooks play on the field.
Ironically, the opening game in the renovated stadium had the same result for The Citadel as the first game played there. The Bulldogs lost 38-35 to Charleston Southern in double overtime on September 9, 2006 just as they lost 14-6 to Davidson on October 16, 1948 during the inaugural game.