Swinney expects Tigers to be in new indoor facility before South Carolina game

'They're starting to put on the finishes touches...It looks great, and the guys are excited about it'

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney walks with offensive lineman Shaq Anthony to the indoor practice facility.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney walks with offensive lineman Shaq Anthony to the indoor practice facility.

Dabo Swnney said Wednesday evening that he expects Clemson's new indoor football practice facility to be ready in time for preparations for the South Carolina game on November 24.

"They're starting to put on the finishes touches," said Swinney. "They're grading it right now, and hopefully the turf will be here Monday. They've told us they think we're going to be in there the week of the South Carolina game, or maybe just a hair earlier."

Swinney said that everyone involved in the $10 million project have "been working their tails off, trying to get it finished."

"It looks great, and the guys are excited about it," Swinney said. "It's been fun watching it get built."

It's been less fun practicing without what has come to be an essential space.

"Our fields are just torn up right now and are in terrible shape because we've been limited," Swinney said. "Two fields are hard to manage when you're talking about big athletes, big bodies.

"We've really just had one field - Field 3 - to do all our competitive work. It's just a dirt pile out there.

"(Mike) Echols and those guys have done a fantastic job of giving us what we've got right now, but the fields are just torn up."

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