Volvo Car Stadium Stage House rendering | Photo provided by Obviouslee Marketing
After attending country music singer Kenny Chesney’s concert at the stadium last year, Ben Navarro – owner of Charleston Tennis LLC – re-imagined the 20-year-old venue as a more modernized space that still maintains its intimacy.
The new plan, funded by Ben + his wife Kelly as a gift to the City of Charleston, features a multi-story “Stage House” that contains player wellness facilities, media and production + food preparation areas and a VIP Club level overlooking Center Court. The structure will provide shade for fans + stage infrastructure and weather protection.
The façade and concourse will also be updated, including a moreintimate bowl atmosphere, new hospitality suites, additional permanent bathrooms, concession upgrades, IT + architectural lighting and an elevated boardwalk underneath the stadium’s Grand Oaks that will protect their root system + create a sitting space under the trees’ canopies for patrons.
Construction will begin after final city approvals, with an anticipated project completion in the fall of 2021. The 2021 Volvo Car Open, slated to take place April 3-11, will be held in a temporary stadium constructed on the current Althea Gibson Club Court that will seat up to 3,000 fans per session.
Note: Officials are currently assessing various plans to safely + successfully follow through with the 2021 tournament. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Nov. 13; more info here. 🎾
Number ○ 1,324. The number of Charleston County voters in St. Andrews Districts 3, 4 + 28 that were mailed incorrect ballots, according to the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration. The incorrect ballots did not accurately reflect County Council seats in Districts 6 + 7, which also impacted 225 in-person absentee voters. Affected voters have been notified + will be issued replacement ballots in the next three to five business days. (WCSC)
Development ○ Due to increasingly bad traffic jams in the northern Mount Pleasant area, Charleston County has proposed a plan to adjust S.C. Highway 41, widening the road to five lanes rather than just two. The county has seen major pushback, however, as the street goes directly through the historical community of Phillips, a former place of residence for freed slaves in the 1800s. Read more here. (Post and Courier)
Opened ○ North Charleston’s Fresh Future Farmgrocery store (2008 Success St.) has reopened after nearly seven months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the store’s doors were closed to paying customers, the farm delivered free groceries to those in need with the help of several donations. To ensure everyone’s safety, the employees will take customers’ orders outside. 🍋 (WCIV)
Coronavirus ○ Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina and accelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more. ○ The City of Folly Beach will now require face masks through Mon., Dec. 14, for anyone in a public area + within six feet of others. Failure to comply could result in a $100 fine. 😷 (WCSC) ○ University School of the Lowcountry(690 Coleman Blvd.), a private school serving students in grades 3-12, has begun to use large outdoor tents to resume in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Head of School Jason Kreutner, the tents allow students + teachers to meet face-to-face with less risk of spreading or contracting the virus. As of now, the school plans to use this method of learning for the next 15-18 months. (WCSC)
Drink ○ In celebration of the release of its new wine list, Poe’s Tavern(2210 Middle St.) will host a wine tasting on Thurs., Oct. 22, from 6-8 p.m. During the final week of October, the restaurant is donating half of all wine sales to Share Our Suzy Lowcountry, a nonprofit organization that supports local breast cancer patients. 🍷 ○ Prost, y’all. It’s officially Oktoberfest season – and while events might look a little different this year, you can always celebrate at home (with help from the Lowes Foods Beer Den). 🍺Ⓟ
Today marks 16 days until Halloween, and to help get you in the macabre mood, we created a #CHStoday stencil of Charleston’s iconic Pineapple Fountain for all of your pumpkin carving needs. So carve out some time, grab a gourd from a local pumpkin patch, and get creative.
The devilish details: 👻 Download + print the pumpkin carving stencil here. 👻 Use the template to carve the design. #ProTip: Use toothpicks or wire to secure smaller detail areas. 👻 Share pictures of your pumpkin via social by tagging @CHStoday and #CHStoday, or by emailing us. 👻 Keep an eye out, we may share your bOOtiful creation.
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Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.