WestZone Phase 3 put on hold as other facilities take priority


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Drawing of the WestZone after Phase 3.
Drawing of the WestZone after Phase 3.

Clemson University Athletic Director Dan Radakovich will meet with the Board of Trustees later this month, a meeting that he hopes will set the stage for the next phase of the athletic department’s facilities improvements projects.

On the docket: Whether to renovate Littlejohn Coliseum or build a new arena and what improvements will be made to Clemson Memorial Stadium.

TigerNet spoke with Radakovich earlier this week, and he said he hopes to have some answers by the end of this month.

“We will have a Board of Trustees meeting later on this month,” he said. “It is at that meeting that I hope to bring some concepts forward to the board so that they can ask their questions and hopefully from there some kind of timeline will be created.”

A little over a year ago, the Board of Trustees approved the latest phase in the expansion process – an addition to Memorial Stadium’s WestZone complex. It was scheduled to be the third and likely final major phase of the WestZone complex. The first two phases included club seating, a new football complex, a recruiting facility and plush new team locker rooms, among other amenities. Together, they cost more than $50 million.

The new phase was expected to cost $15 million, financed through private donations, with construction expected to begin in 2013. The phase was set to include the “One Clemson Museum” and a large oculus entrance.

I asked Radakovich if that phase was still on schedule, and he said that other projects had taken priority.

“The WestZone is just one part of it. We have the Littlejohn question and a couple of projects that are a part of the WestZone,” he said. “There is one more phase. Those items you are talking about are not being contemplated right now. There are some other pieces associated with Memorial Stadium and the WestZone Project that are being considered at this time.”

I asked if he could shed some light on those projects, and he deferred his answer until after he meets with the Board of Trustees but did give a glimpse into what he sees happening.

“I would really rather go to the board first, but they have a lot to do with fan convenience and how it relates to that part of the stadium,” he said. “I think a little longer-term project would be some upgrades to our premium seating areas and some basic work associated with general fan comfort associated with the entire stadium.”

Another topic that Radakovich will put before the BOT is the question of Littlejohn Coliseum and whether to build a new arena or once again renovate Littlejohn. If a new arena were to be built, the most likely location that I’ve heard of is at the corner of Highway 93 and Perimeter Road, the wooded area across from the Esso Club, and Radakovich said that he has been speaking to architects as well as people on campus to gauge how they feel about a new arena.


“It really comes down to a question of building new or renovating,” he said. “I think we’ve been doing an awful lot of study about both of those and we will bring to the board what our recommendation is as it relates to that particular project. We will see what kind of reaction that receives.”

I asked him if he thought a new arena was a real possibility, and he replied, “I think that is something that will certainly be up for debate.”

The baseball field and Doug Kingsmore stadium are also being renovated, with plans to add a player development area and new locker rooms.

“The baseball field right now is being renovated. That project had been in the hopper for quite a while,” he said. “There will be a new field and a new drainage system will be there at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. We do have some architects engaged right now so we can move forward with the player development area associated with baseball and hopefully that project will begin a year from now.”

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spacer But We need the Oculus!***
BradBronell
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gvillenative
spacer We will lose recruits to UVa because they have a Pergola...
StLouisTiger
spacer Re: But We need the Oculus!***
Litefoot®
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Litefoot®
spacer you can say that again***
henry®
spacer Oculus = Ridiculous!
apextiger®
spacer NO OCULUS??? FIRE D-RAD!!!***
GWPTiger®
spacer THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!***
soccerkrzy®
spacer I don't think Clemson needs a new arena
Johnstone4Life
spacer The "recent" renovations were merely band-aids on a broken
CM Shack
spacer Practice court, new roof, improved seating,
Johnstone4Life
spacer Replacing a faulty roof hardly counts as a renovation... The
CM Shack
spacer The practice court...
baseball fan
spacer Correct...the recent(10 years ago) renovations were merely
CM Shack
spacer Re: I don't think Clemson needs a new arena
CreoleTiger
spacer However, would they make that additional money
Johnstone4Life
spacer I think the point is, if you're not going to give BB the
CM Shack
spacer Re: However, would they make that additional money
CreoleTiger
spacer The real question is
TigerHawk76®
spacer David: I think the one thing missing here is what will
AThomas®
spacer Re: David: I think the one thing missing here is what will
davidhood®
spacer This just in:
TigerFanClint
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fjms
spacer Maybe we should just play basketball in Death Valley.
ATLOrange®
spacer Re: Maybe we should just play basketball in Death Valley.
jmtetzlaff
spacer I hear Auburn has 2 Oculi and a Chic-fil-A !!! ******
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spacer Re: I hear Auburn has 2 Oculi and a Chic-fil-A !!! ******
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: That would make 'em holla !!! *********
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deltapercy
spacer PLEASE...
gotigers37
spacer Didn't like the hire when it was made and still don't.
bowlhunter®
spacer Re: Didn't like the hire when it was made and still don't.
fjms
spacer Of course football will always be king. It doesn't follow
Smiling Tiger®
spacer Re: Didn't like the hire when it was made and still don't.
CreoleTiger
spacer Re: Didn't like the hire when it was made and still don't.
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Agree.***
Orangetiger70®
spacer He is set on building a new Arena at all costs, even though
truetiger1998
spacer But Look At The Picture!!!
jmtetzlaff
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ObiWan
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CharlieHarper
spacer No one said it would be a larger arena...
baseball fan
spacer #1 priority should be finishing the WestZone***
Clemson_Orange
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fjms
spacer Absolutely
Clemson_Orange
spacer I am no longer continent.***
Francis Marion®
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MSTiger02®
spacer When you have a plan
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spacer We need better basketball facilities BAD.
homeslice1479®
spacer I'm certainly glad several of you aren't our AD...
CtLiEgMeSrOsN®
spacer Also...
CtLiEgMeSrOsN®
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homeslice1479®
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CtLiEgMeSrOsN®
spacer No you were wrong on UVA, just admit it. Totally wrong.
truetiger1998
spacer Re: No you were wrong on UVA, just admit it. Totally wrong.
CtLiEgMeSrOsN®
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wtlawton
spacer I would rather have more men's restrooms than more West
vernertater
spacer I would pee my pants if it got me an oculus.***
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer Don't take your foot off the gas until Clemson Football wins
Buffalo Creek Tiger
spacer Re: Don't take your foot off the gas until Clemson Football wins
CreoleTiger
spacer Put the students in the same place they are in Cameron.
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer Re: Put the students in the same place they are in Cameron.
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Re: Put the students in the same place they are in Cameron.
Poohbear®
spacer I like that idea, if the students show up***
Clemson_Orange
spacer I feel like we've been waiting for the Oculus FOREVER.***
clemsonsuzi®
spacer NO OCULUS???? UNACCEPTABLE!!!
TigerzzRoar®
spacer Where is the money coming from???
TigerFaction
spacer Where is the money coming from???
TigerFaction
spacer Where is the money coming from???
TigerFaction
spacer Good...
baseball fan
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spacer we can't win in Little John...
Ctigermae
spacer Uhm, maybe cuz we can't win in LJ?
CUAllTheWay®
spacer What's an "occulus"?
OhWiseOne®
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oldschtiger70
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JITiGeR81
spacer Finish!!!!
BIG ORANGE
spacer WestZone Phase 3
TankerTiger80
spacer Top deck corner ticket should be a LOT cheaper
tigertrain®
spacer this is why..
GreenvilleSCtiger
spacer Finish the WestZone Phase 3 first!***
Clemson_Orange
spacer Screw basketball
tigertrain®
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