Sansom Field at Johnson Hagood Stadium
Also Read: How Johnson Hagood Stadium Came to Be
The 2008 season marks the 61st year that The Citadel has played football in the friendly confines of historic Johnson Hagood Stadium.
The Citadel played its first contest against Davidson on Oct. 16, 1948. Although the Bulldogs lost to the Wildcats in that game, 14-6, The Citadel has been quite successful in the Southern Conference’s largest stadium. Entering the 2006 season, the Bulldogs have marked a 188-120-3 record.
The Citadel earned its first victory in Johnson Hagood Stadium in the 1949 season home opener (played Oct. 8th) against state rival Newberry, defeating the Indians, 14-12. The Citadel later compiled a 3-2 record that year, representing the Bulldogs’ first winning season at Johnson Hagood.
Johnson Hagood Stadium, located at the intersection of Hagood Avenue and Congress Street, just a short distance from the Ashley River and The Citadel campus, has been the site for many great Bulldog accomplishments through the years. The Citadel has gone undefeated at Johnson Hagood in six seasons (1956, 1959, 1978, 1981 and 1988) and the Bulldogs reeled off 16 consecutive victories there from 1980 to 1982.
In 1992, Marshall and The Citadel played at Johnson Hagood in front of a record “standing room only” crowd of 23,025.
The 21,000-seat facility has aided The Citadel in establishing itself as one of the leaders in attendance among Southern Conference schools. The Citadel has led its conference constituents 11 of the last 25 years in average attendance and 15 of the last 31 seasons. Two seasons ago, over 70,000 fans watched Bulldog football in Johnson Hagood Stadium.
The 71,712 fans that attended Citadel games in 2000 totaled the 14th best attendance for all of I-AA football, and second largest in the Southern Conference as defending national champion Georgia Southern was 10th. The Citadel faithful have kept the Bulldogs in the top-20 in national attendance for the past seven years. In 2003, Citadel fans created one of the best attendance figures in the nation, ranking seventh nationally at the end of the season. The Citadel ranked in the top-15 three years in a row, 2000 (14th), 2001 (12th) and 2002 (11th), while in 1998 and 1999, the Bulldogs rounded out the top-20 in average attendance.
The historic facility, however, gained national attention during the summer of 1999 when prior crewmen from the CSS Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy battleship, were unearthed from underneath the stadium. The remains of the sailors from the Confederate sub were re-interred at nearby Magnolia Cemetery.
History of a different kind was made in 2001 when The Citadel opened the brand new Altman Athletic Center that is located in the South end zone. The facility features home and visitor locker rooms, officials’ room and a spacious entertainment area for members of the Brigadier Foundation.
Plans and construction have been in the works for a new football facility and the Bulldogs celebrate the re-opening of the West Stands this season. The completed project will feature luxury suites, club seats, a state-of-the-art pressbox and all the modern amenities of modern-day athletic facilities. The stadium project is expected to be complete in 2008.
LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS
- LOCATION: Johnson Hagood is located on Hagood Avenue approximately one-quarter mile south of The Citadel's campus.
- FROM THE WEST: Off of I-26, take Exit 219 A (Rutledge Avenue / The Citadel) ... at the bottom of the ramp, continue straight through the light on Rutledge Ave ... travel 1.2 miles and turn right on to Huger Street ... travel 0.4 miles and turn left on to Hagood Avenue ... stadium will be on your left.
- FROM THE NORTH: Take U.S. Hwy. 17 South into Charleston ... at intersection with Wendy’s, Taco Bell and McDonald’s, turn right on to Hagood Avenue ... go straight and stadium will be on your right.
- FROM THE SOUTH: Take U.S. Hwy. 17 North over the Ashley River ... take Lockwood Drive North exit ... turn left on Lockwood Drive ... road will turn right at Riley Park ... turn left on to Hagood Avenue at next stop sign ... stadium will be on your right.
Top-15 Crowds at Johnson Hagood
Crowd Opponent Date Score
23,025 Marshall Oct. 17, 1992 13-34
21,623 Furman Nov. 23, 1991 10-6
21,575 Davidson Oct. 25, 1969 34-28
21,570 Delaware Sept. 18, 1976 17-15
21,465 Presbyterian Sept. 13, 1975 21-0
21,460 William & Mary Oct. 11, 1969 14-21
20,863 Wofford Nov. 1, 2003 16-42
20,754 Navy Sept. 24, 1988 42-35
20,592 Furman Nov. 16, 1985 0-42
20,357 Furman Nov. 18, 1989 9-44
20,240 Presbyterian Sept. 6, 1980 21-14
20,150 Furman Nov. 21, 1981 35-18
20,130 Furman Nov. 17, 1979 44-45
20,071 Appalachian State Nov. 2, 1991 17-10
20,010 South Carolina Sept. 18, 1965 3-13
Johnson Hagood Stadium “Firsts”
vs. Davidson; Oct. 16, 1948, Davidson won, 14-6
vs. Newberry, 14-12; Oct. 8, 1949
Lucian Pinkney vs. Davidson, Oct. 16, 1948
Point After Touchdown
Hal Mapes, Davidson; Oct. 19, 1948
Davidson 7, The Citadel 6, Oct. 16, 1948
Cliff Turner, Davidson; Oct. 16, 1948
Bobby Boyd, The Citadel; Oct. 16, 1948
Run From Scrimmage
Jim Sifford, Davidson; Oct. 16, 1948
Citadel Forward Pass
Max Tedder vs. Davidson; Oct. 16, 1948