CLEMSON — It’s been a busy week for Clemson’s athletic department and its director, and it’s not over yet.
No. 5 Florida State, ESPN’s GameDay crew and sports media from across the country are streaming into town for the game of the year (so far), set for Saturday night at 8 p.m. in Death Valley before a sold-out crowd of 82,000.
Athletic director Dan Radakovich, named Wednesday to the committee that will oversee the college football playoffs to begin next year, will ask the university’s board of trustees Friday to OK plans to renovate Littlejohn Coliseum, add on to Doug Kingsmore Stadium and build a new operations center for the football program.
Radakovich will serve on the playoff panel, which includes former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The four-team College Football Playoff begins next season, with semifinals Jan. 1, 2015 at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, and the national championship game Jan. 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex.
Before that, however, Radakovich will seek the board of trustees approval Friday to move forward with planning for new facilities for the basketball, tennis, football and baseball programs.
A rebuilt Littlejohn Coliseum tops the wish list. Radakovich wants to reconfigure the facility to seat 8,500 fans (down from its current capacity of 10,000) to make room for both the men’s and women’s programs, locker rooms, offices, weight rooms, practice space and video room and theater. The exterior would also get a face-lift. He predicts the work could cost in the range of $60-80 million.
Radakovich is also pitching an estimated $30 million new football operations building adjacent to the indoor practice facility, a $12 million expansion of Sloan Tennis Center and Duckworth Pavilion to include six indoor courts (up from four currently) and an $8.8 million addition to Doug Kingsmore Stadium.