renovation stops; other options being explored
The Citadel will cease further work to renovate the existing
Johnson Hagood Stadium to explore joint options with the public and private
sector that would allow a bowl game and other Citadel and community sporting
events to come to the city of Charleston.
The Board of
Visitors, the college's governing body, on Saturday June 5, 2004, accepted
the recommendation of its athletic committee to hold off on further stadium
work until Sept. 30.
Work to excavate
graves under the old west side stands will continue. Regardless of the
future use of Johnson Hagood stadium, the graves should be removed and
the bodies properly buried elsewhere. Brockington Associates in Mount
Pleasant, a local archeological firm, is heading up the effort.
During its regular
meeting June 5, the BOV approved the following resolution:
recommend the Board of Visitors approve the following strategy related
to the football stadium rebuilding project:
- Place an immediate
hold on engineering and construction activities for Johnson Hagood Stadium
while Stony Field option is being reviewed.
- Approve a two-year
construction timeline for the stadium project. (Athletic Department
will document a financial operating strategy for the 2004 and 2005 football
seasons. The financial activities will be included in the approved college
- Commit The Citadel
to spend only $15 million (includes National Guard funds) for Stoney
Field option. (These funds are for "The Citadel Section" of
30 September 2004, the following items must be obtained for the Stoney
Field option to continue:
- Formal approval
of Stoney Field option from the City of Charleston Council.
- Formal agreement
with City of Charleston specifying land and construction issues.
- Secure matching
funds required by the National Guard appropriations.
- Secure commitments
to match the $2 million challenge fund of a current donor.
- Memorandum of understanding
with third parties specifying fundraising responsibilities of each participant
for the Stoney Field option.
for completing "The Citadel Section" of the stadium at Stoney
Field (17,500 permanent seats, 5,000 temporary seats).
- Estimates and costs
for constructing a track at Johnson Hagood and Stoney Field.