Life Is About To Get Even Better For The Clemson Tigers
Monday night, the Clemson Tigers claimed the school’s first national championship since 1981, after defeating Alabama 35-31, at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. Clemson will now display their second-ever national championship trophy on the 23,000-student Upstate South Carolina campus.
Since 2006, the Tiger football program has been headquartered out of the WestZone area of Memorial Stadium, the team’s 74-year-old home venue. While team and coaching operations have been stationed in this space, the team’s outdoor and indoor practice fields have been situated a couple blocks west, near the university’s Jervey Athletic Center. Despite the program’s current success, the logistics of this separated layout had grown burdensome to many, including head coach Dabo Swinney.
Later this month, the above logistical scenario is about to change for the better.
The Tigers are getting ready to move into the brand new $55 million Football Operations Complex, located adjacent to the current outdoor and indoor fields. The spectacular 140,000-square-foot facility will feature state-of-the-art player and coaches’ amenities including a spacious locker-room, 20,000-square-foot weight room, training and rehab spaces equipped with five pools, player lounges, film rooms and a nutrition center.
Some of the more unique player niceties will involve the presence of a video arcade, bowling alley, barbershop, HD theater, outdoor village with mini golf and even a nap area.
Below is a video tour of the complex’s design, courtesy of coach Swinney and other Clemson officials.
For those wondering, the now vacated WestZone space will become the new headquarters of the school’s athletic department administration.