The east side of Johnson Hagood Stadium has been reduced to piles of rubble as demolition work at the home of Citadel football continues.
The east side of the stadium contained about 9,300 seats, and demolition of the aging structure was approved by the city's Board of Architectural Review in February. The work began in early May.
A seating plan for the east side during the 2017 season has not been announced. A school spokesman said Thursday that The Citadel is "examining some options for short-term and long-term solutions, but nothing has been finalized or approved yet."
A study commissioned by The Citadel recommended a $9.8 million plan that would rebuild the east side with an initial 3,000 seats, new bathrooms and concessions.
Johnson Hagood Stadium was built in 1948, and The Citadel purchased the stadium from the city in 1963. The Altman Athletic Center behind one end zone was opened in 2001, and the west side underwent major renovation in 2005.
Access to the east side was limited during the 2016 season due to lead-paint mitigation and other issues.
The Citadel announced recently that seats on the Pearson Club Level of the west side have sold out for the third consecutive year.
“I am appreciative of the continued, fervent support from our fans,” Athletic Director Jim Senter said. “Before the 2015 season, the Pearson Club Level had never sold out for an entire season and now we have sold out for the third consecutive season. This is also the earliest we have reached a season-long sellout since opening the club level. I want to thank The Citadel Brigadier Foundation and The Citadel Athletic Ticket Office staff members for their efforts to provide premium experiences that our fans want to enjoy year after year.”
Season ticket packages are now on sale. The Citadel, which has won two straight Southern Conference championships, led the league in home attendance last season with 11,727 fans per game. That includes a home game moved to North Greenville due to Hurricane Matthew.