Clemson trustees will consider studies to renovate or replace Littlejohn Coliseum

Coliseum has been in service in 1968, underwent $31 million major renovation 10 years ago

The Clemson University pep band performs as the basketball team warms up before the start of their season opener against Presbyterian College at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson Monday night.

Photo by Nathan Gray

The Clemson University pep band performs as the basketball team warms up before the start of their season opener against Presbyterian College at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson Monday night.

Clemson is taking a hard look at the future of its basketball facilities.

The Clemson Board of Trustees' Facility and Finance Committee will consider planned feasibility studies concerning options to either renovate or replace Littlejohn Coliseum.

Pending recommendations, on hold is a proposed addition of a new practice facility for both men's and women's basketball, which would be built into the hill between the coliseum and the parking adjacent to the West End Zone of Memorial Stadium (Lot 5).

Clemson has moved toward reconsidering its facility plans since new athletic director Dan Radakovich arrived. Radakovich was responsible for major facilities improvements at Georgia Tech, including construction of a new arena.

Meeting Wednesday at its quarterly session in Columbia, Clemson's trustees divided into committees to look at several other issues, including the proposed $5 million addition to Freeman Hall, the Douthit Hills mixed-use development with the city of Clemson and the Watt Family Innovation Center, a proposed $7 million project to build a new Outdoor Wellness and Center on Lake Hartwell just west of campus, and renovations to Clemson's Pitner Center at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence.

The trustees will conclude their winter meeting today with a full-board meeting in Columbia. The board's spring meeting is scheduled for April 11-12 in Clemson.

Littlejohn Coliseum was built in the 1960s at a cost of just over $3 million. Clemson played its first basketball game there in 1968. The coliseum was renovated in 2001-02 at a cost of $31 million. It has an official capacity of 10,000.

The renovation project expanded the building from 95,000 square feet to 167,500 square feet and added new facilities, including expanded restrooms and locker rooms, a weight-training room, an expanded training room, a new playing floor, and the addition of the Huckabee Annex practice gym.

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