Stadium construction continues to progress
The new addition to the West side stands of Johnson Hagood Stadium is continuing to progress. The impressive structure will be home to the South Carolina National Guard Readiness Center as well as The Citadel's new press box, sky box suites, club lounge and club seats, all of which are top of the line and comparable to any major university.
One of the new features will be a 4,000-square-foot Club Lounge that will have the highest quality of amenities, including lounge chairs and leather couches, flat-screen televisions, elevator access, private restrooms and air conditioning. There are 476 seats in the club section and each one has cushions and a cup holder. In addition, there are two terraces located on both sides of the lounge, each measuring 5,000 square feet with views of both the Ashley and Cooper rivers.
The Club Lounge also offers an extensive menu. The three courses of food (pre-game snacks, game time buffets, and the third- and fourth-quarter snack bar are all complimentary for club members. There are numerous options, including shrimp boils, pulled pork barbeque, gourmet pasta, fajitas, desserts and more.
The Club Lounge is part of Phase III of the stadium renovation project and is expected to be completed in the fall. The South Carolina National Guard Readiness Center is an integral part of the stadium renovation. When complete, The Citadel and the National Guard will benefit by the shared use of classrooms and other joint areas. The Altman Athletic Center construction and West side stands replacement were completed in 2001 and 2006. Phase IV will include a complete renovation of the East side stands.
The stadium will house major sporting events, including Citadel home football games and a new football all-star game for college seniors and other attractions. The stadium is also vital to the county’s emergency preparedness, as it serves as the South Carolina National Guard Readiness Center.
In May,The Citadel has received a commitment from the Charleston County Council to provide $3.5 million from the county accommodations tax revenue. Over 10 years the money will help retire a portion of The Citadel’s debt on the $42 million Johnson Hagood Stadium renovation, a project that is anticipated to have a significant economic and tax benefit for the county.
“We greatly appreciate the Charleston County Council’s support of our efforts to make Johnson Hagood Stadium a source of pride for The Citadel and the people of Charleston County,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.
A study by the Charleston Metro Sports Council estimates Johnson Hagood Stadium will generate $1.5 million in accommodations tax revenue over the 10 years of the county’s investment, and will continue to generate tax revenue over the 50-year projected life of the renovated stadium. Additionally, the newly refurbished stadium will have an estimated economic impact on the Charleston area of $366 million over the next 10 years.
“We are confident the county’s investment will not only pay for itself but earn a return over the life of the stadium,” Rosa said.
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