CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Citadel's historic Johnson Hagood Stadium has presented some logistical issues in hosting the Metal of Honor Bowl Game.
According to Executive Committee of the Medal of Honor Bowl Chairman Tom McQueeney, The Citadel's leadership has difficult decisions ahead about the aging football stadium. In their recent 2016 home opener, The Citadel hosted Furman University without the use of their east side (visitors') stands. That section of the facility opened in October of 1948, and has a myriad of issues related to structural integrity and lead paint mitigation. The Bulldogs plan to repair and reopen 3,000 seats to accommodate the rest of their season, and look to a more final solution after further structural assessment is secured by the college.
“The bowl has proven to be a catalyst in attracting people to a family-oriented event that supports all levels of our military,” McQueeney added. “I am most appreciative of The Citadel’s communication on the matter, and our committee and volunteers plan to assist the solution process in any way that we can. Johnson Hagood Stadium is the only facility within one hundred miles that has the capacity to host a bowl event. The Charleston area will continue as an amazing destination for our joint future in this bowl endeavor.”
Though the Bowl Game is suspended, the Executive Committee agreed to continue the other annual functions, including the "Let Freedom Swing" golf tournament and the Medal of Honor True Blue Gala & Heroes Luncheon.