It first appeared prior to the football team’s opening game against Webber International on August 30, 2008.
It was talked about more during the postgame than the final score, which was a convincing 54-7 Citadel victory.
“It” is The Citadel Bulldog Monument, a 10-foot tall tenacious presence that guards Johnson Hagood Stadium from the corner of Hagood Avenue and Congress Street.
The “Big Dog on Campus” was crafted in the likeness of live mascot Boo by renowned sculpture-artist Michael Hamby, a retired professional football player with the Buffalo Bills whose commissioned sculptures include works for the NFL Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
The cost of the Bulldog Monument was covered by donations from the Class of 1968.
It is reportedly the largest bulldog in the land.
Here are some facts on The Bulldog Monument:
- Estimated weight: 800 pounds
- Length: 8 feet
- Height: 5½ feet (statute)
- Height: 10 feet (includes base)