Historic Clemson Photos #42 - Fike Field House

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I'm pleased to present today's Historic Clemson Photo, submitted by long time TigerNet member Mintaka®.

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Perhaps no other building on the Clemson campus can compare to the peculiar oddity that was Fike Field House. Keep in mind that Littlejohn Coliseum wasn't built until the
1968-69 season, prior to that Fike was the home court. The above photo was taken in the early 60s.

The former Wake Forest coach Horace "Bones" McKinney had these humorous comments about taking his team to Fike Field House to take on the Tigers back in those days:

"That place was so-o-o dark" he said, "that the referees had to come in wearing coal miners' helmets. It was dark brown everywhere, and when they started playing things were pitch black. People's feet were the out-of-bounds marks and they'd sit there and pluck the hair on our players' legs when they tried to throw the play in."

"I'd call a timeout to change strategy, and there'd be 30-40 young men looking over my shoulder as I wrote on the sideline in chalk. They'd keep hollering, 'No, Bones, that'll never work,' 'You better get back on the bus,' 'That plan wouldn't win in Peewee League,' things like that. The din would never stop."

Banks McFadden described Fike Field House in these terms: "It was kind of embarrassing sometimes. We'd go places like Reynolds and Cameron, and they'd treat us like poor cousins."

"We could put 3000 or so people in there, including some who had to sit around a live steam pipe that ran around the top of the seats. And the team had to sit on the first row of bleachers."

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