Charleston school board votes to build shared East Cooper stadium on Wando campus

Sketch of proposed East of the Cooper Stadium regional sports facility (Charleston County School District)

Amid ongoing pushback from people living in the area, Charleston County's school board voted 5-2 Monday not to build a shared regional sports stadium east of the Cooper in Mount Pleasant's Carolina Park neighborhood.

Instead, the board voted to build the stadium on Wando High School's campus, and to terminate a contract to purchase land in Carolina Park.

The school board originally voted in favor of the Carolina Park option, 4-3, but board members Eric Mack, Michael Miller and Chris Staubes later reversed their original votes to support the Wando option. Kate Darby and Cindy Bohn Coats also voted in favor of the Wando option.

“I preferred the other option but, unfortunately, I can’t risk our kids not having a stadium in fall of 2018," Staubes said.

Chris Collins and Kevin Hollinshead voted against it. Board members Priscilla Jeffery and Todd Garrett were not at the meeting.

Many people from the Carolina Park neighborhood have been publicly lobbying against the stadium. most recently in an hour-plus community meeting last Thursday at Laing Middle School.

People living in the area were worried about several issues that would possibly accompany the stadium, including added traffic, noise and light pollution, as well as pedestrian and community safety.

Some even said they had no idea the Charleston County School District was even planning to build the stadium.

The plan, had the stadium been approved for Carolina Park, was to build the facility on 14 acres, to include a 6,000-seat stadium, 2,350 parking spots, crosswalks, traffic circles, and traffic lights.

The new regional stadium complex serves three high schools: Wando, the new Lucy Beckham High School, and a future Awendaw High School, and hosted football, soccer and lacrosse games, as well as band events.

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