(8/17/2013) – I’ve just heard from sources in Clemson, that the University will soon announce plans to build a new basketball-only facility connected to, but separate from, Littlejohn Coliseum. The new arena is expected to be named after a major donor.
Littlejohn Coliseum will continue to be used for concerts and miscellaneous events such as the robotics contest. It, along with the adjoining practice facility, may also be used for student intramural basketball, which is extremely popular on campus. Meanwhile, the new arena will be reserved exclusively for Clemson basketball.
The new home for Clemson basketball is expected to have more amenities such as luxury boxes and open concourses, and will hold 8,500 fans. Students will be seated along the sideline rather than on each baseline. This should improve the game day atmosphere.
Expect the official decision from the University soon. It’s not official yet, but sounds like it soon will be.
UPDATE: Sounds like an adjustment to the plan has been made. The goals mentioned above should still be accomplished, but in doing so, construction will be on the exact site of the current arena, so It technically won’t be a whole new arena. Nevertheless, it amounts to much the same. Clemson will have to play a season off-campus. Shakin the Southland has all the details.
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