Littlejohn Coliseum Slated to Open January 5


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CLEMSON - Littlejohn Coliseum, while not completely finished,
will be open for business on Jan. 5, when the Clemson University
men's basketball team hosts Duke University, assuming all continues
to go as expected between now and then.


"Provided the contractor meets his obligations and remaining
system tests are successful, Littlejohn will be fully capable of
housing a sell-out basketball game on January 5," said Chief
Facilities Officer Bob Wells. To date, the facility has passed all
major safety and accessibility tests.


The 36-year-old coliseum is undergoing a $31 million
renovation to add an annex, improve sight lines, enhance facilities
for fans and replace the roof. Although landscaping and site work are
still under way, and some areas will not be ready for use, university
officials expect visitors to see a marked improvement.


"Even though we still have work to do, the facility will
offer better viewing, more convenience facilities, and an overall
better experience for fans," Wells said.


Ticket holders arriving for the 8 p.m. game can expect to
find adequate parking, paved or gravel sidewalks, and temporary
exterior lighting at walkways, along with construction fences.
Inside, they will see wider concourses, a more open roofline, a
refurbished scoreboard and game lighting system, and more restrooms
and concessions stands. They also will see a mix of old and new
seating, old and new signage and the same playing floor that has been
used in the Anderson Civic Center for the early season games.


Since not all exits lead to sidewalks, guests are encouraged
to leave by the same door they enter.After the 2003 basketball
season, the remaining new seating and signage will be installed. By
fall, concession stands, painting, permanent exterior lighting, and
landscaping will be completed, and a new permanent basketball floor
will be installed. Except for the new floor, the facility should be
completed by May, in time for Clemson's graduation ceremonies.


"In the meantime, fans attending games throughout the rest of
the season will have a chance to see the transformation as it takes
place," Wells said.

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