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The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium seats 21,000 fans. (Wade Spees/File) l

The Citadel's Board of Visitors has decided to “fully renovate” the east side of Johnson Hagood Stadium, the school announced Friday.

The school will begin working with the Board of Architectural Review early next year to “determine the best way to accomplish the goal of improving this important community asset,” Citadel athletic director Jim Senter said in a statement.

The Citadel was unable to use the east side (visitors' side) of the 21,000-seat stadium earlier this season due to lead-paint discovered on that side of the stadium. After lead-paint mitigation and repainting, about 3,000 seats on the east side were available for the final three home games of the regular season.

Johnson Hagood Stadium was originally built in 1948, with the west side (home side) rebuilt in 2005. Civil War-era graves were discovered on the site in 1999, including crewmen of the submarine H.L. Hunley.

The statement from the school said the Board of Visitors had reviewed “all options” and decided to renovate due “to the deteriorated condition of the structure.”

Georgia Tech on 2019 slate

The Citadel will face Georgia Tech during the 2019 football season, the school confirmed Friday.

The game is set for Sept. 14 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, and The Citadel will earn a guarantee check of $400,000.

That means the Bulldogs will play Power 5 conference teams Clemson in 2017, Alabama in 2018 and Georgia Tech in 2019.

Non-conference foes for 2017 are Newberry, Presbyterian and Clemson. In 2018, The Citadel begins a four-game series with Charleston Southern.

Reach Jeff Hartsell at (843) 937-5596. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC

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