Some ugly photos from University of Charleston Stadium have hit social media over the past few days, illustrating significant damage to the complex from Monday’s tornado that moved through the area.
The finish-line building that sat adjacent to the track’s start-finish line was leveled, with debris being spread throughout the stadium. Local meteorologists reported winds over 100 miles per hour in Charleston on Monday evening.
Facility manager Doug Carte also said some of the turf was rippled in the high winds and that goalposts were bent. He added that the process of getting estimates has just begun.
“Insurance companies will all start coming in today,” Carte said. “We’re still at the beginning stages.”
Construction on installing a new track surface had already begun and Carte said the damage to the stadium will not affect that project, which is expected to be completed in August.
Carte, who has been in the position for six years, added that things could have been much worse with the press box, stands and scoreboard making it through largely unscathed.
“We lost one sign in the press box that was going to be repaired anyway,” Carte said. “It didn’t damage the new track or anything like that. The scoreboard is in great shape and there’s no damage with the lighting or electrical.”