Representatives from The Citadel have asked Charleston County Council to help them pay off debt on the military college's renovated Johnson Hagood Stadium.
The Citadel would like the council to contribute $5 million over 10 years. If approved, money would come from the county's accommodations fee, which is collected from hotels, motels and vacation rentals to promote area tourism. The county charges a fee separate from the state's accommodation tax.
Council didn't vote on the issue during Tuesday's special Finance Committee meeting, but members asked county staff to provide more information about the financial impact on future county budgets.
Councilman Curtis Bostic questioned whether the renovated stadium would tangibly benefit Charleston County residents.
The renovation project was done in phases. The first step was the $3 million Altman Athletic Center in 2001, and then the west side of the stadium was rebuilt in 2006 for about $8 million. The remaining steps, for the S.C. Army National Guard's Charleston Readiness Center, luxury suites and a press box, will cost about $34 million and should be completed in August.
About $18 million of the project is funded with government grants. Private donations and pledges help pay about $11 million of the remaining $42 million cost. The Citadel needs to raise about $13 million more.