SBD/Jan. 17, 2011/Facilities

Clemson Unveils Plan For $50M Upgrade To Athletic Facilities

Half of $50M facilities plan will go toward Clemson's football team
Clemson Univ. on Friday unveiled a plan "to invest $50 million into athletic facilities in an effort to keep its programs competitive in what has become the latest arms race in college athletics," according to Travis Sawchik of the Charleston POST & COURIER. The initiatives, which "touch nearly every Clemson athletic program," include an indoor football practice facility, completing the West Zone at Memorial Stadium, new offices and locker rooms at the baseball facility and a new basketball practice arena. The projects "will be funded through private gifts and athletic revenue." Clemson AD Terry Don Phillips said that the initiatives are a "continuation of the $120 million in athletic facility projects and upgrades completed since 2002." He added that he "expects all the facilities to be completed within five years." Sawchik noted the football practice facility "is up for approval next month at a board of trustees meeting and is expected to be operational by 2012." Half of the resources "are slated to go into the football program" (Charleston POST & COURIER, 1/15). Phillips said, "We've been very aggressive in building facilities. I believe it's important as we build these things people ought to know what we're doing" (GREENVILLE STAR, 1/15).
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