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Citadel to raze east stands at football stadium

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Johnson Hagood Memorial Stadium was built in the 1920s at 68 Hagood Ave. in downtown Charleston. The Citadel plans to replace the stadium’s east stands. (Photo/The Citadel)

The Citadel plans to demolish and replace the east stands at Johnson Hagood Memorial Stadium in downtown Charleston, according to a news release.

The football stadium at 68 Hagood Ave. was built in the 1920s and renovated in 1948. Its west stands were rebuilt in the 2000s, but the 9,300-seat east stands — which serve as the visitors’ section — are the oldest portion of the stadium, the news release said.

Seating was reduced this football season because of deteriorated conditions, according to the news release.

“The Citadel board approved a motion allowing the administration to move forward with the demolition of the eastside stands of Johnson Hagood Stadium,” Lt. Gen. John B. Sams Jr., chairman of The Citadel Board of Visitors, said in the news release. “We will be working closely with our adjacent neighborhoods and the Board of Architectural Review.”

A review by the college found that structural steel upgrades and seismic retrofitting are required, the news release said. The military college didn’t release a cost estimate for the work.

Reach Ashley Heffernan at 843-849-3144.

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