The wait is over, Tigers fans. The $63.5 million renovation of Littlejohn Coliseum, which began May 2015, is now complete. The new facility will be unveiled in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m., and there will be an open house for fans on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Arena design firm AECOM and architecture firm LS3P partnered for the Littlejohn expansion and renovations, which include “new indoor and outdoor spaces, a complete technology overhaul, new training amenities and a dramatic new exterior and entryway,” according to a press release from LS3P.
“Clemson’s objectives were very clear. Because of this, we were able to make very focused design decisions. The result is a 50-year-old building that looks, operates and performs like it is brand new,” said Greg Brown, project designer at AECOM.
The new Swann Pavilion, which houses all aspects of the men’s and women’s basketball programs in one central location for the first time, will elevate the student-athlete experience. The pavilion includes a 13,000-square-foot practice gym and shooting courts; 5,000-square-foot team suites for each program that comprise the locker rooms, film room, lounge and coaches’ lockers; and a 6,000-square-foot weight room and sports medicine area shared by both teams.
The renovations will also revamp the fan experience and deliver an engaging, high-energy in-game environment. The new entrance to Littlejohn, the Burton Gallery, is a “high-volume, 10,000-square-foot entry hall” that will provide an eye-catching first impression. Audio-visual upgrades include a 36-foot above-court video board, 440 feet of LED ribbon board and two 150-square-feet LED video boards in the lobby. The former seating bowl was rotated 90 degrees in order to create a new sideline club, which will provide the closest proximity to game action in college basketball. A new riser, located behind the visiting team’s second-half basket, was added to accommodate 1,100 student seats and boost home-court advantage. (The arena now holds approximately 9,000 seats, depending on event type.)
Littlejohn’s exterior also received a facelift. The arena’s original facade has been replaced with metal panels, brick accents and transparent frontage to give the building a modernized and contemporary look. The expanded outdoor grounds can accommodate 250 tailgating spots.
“This is an exciting step for the future of our basketball programs and our athletic department,” said Dan Radakovich, director of athletics. “Our desire was to update Littlejohn but respect the great structure that has served our university so well for almost 50 years. We are very proud of the results.”
The men’s and women’s basketball teams will play their first home games in the new Littlejohn Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 11. For tickets, click here.