Clemson University is seeking state approval to begin work on two major athletic projects.
School officials will appear before the Joint Bond Review Committee Wednesday as they request approval for preliminary design work on expansions at Memorial Stadium and the Doug Kingsmore baseball stadium.
The school wants to use $225,000 to begin hiring an architect for the final phase of the “WestZone” project at Memorial Stadium. Officials say the 6,000 square feet expansion will include a lobby, rooftop terrace, and the new One Clemson Museum.
The new phase includes a four-story cylindrical tower, which will be known as the “Oculus.” Inside, the One Clemson Museum will highlight the school’s athletic, academic, and military history, school officials said.
“We feel that it will probably be a place that people will gravitate to, almost like a visitor’s center,” Senior Associate Athletic Director Bill D’Andrea told South Carolina Radio Network.
Although it’s only in the pre-design phase now, the school predicts the project will eventually cost nearly $13 million.
The school is also looking to expand the players’ facilities at Doug Kingsmore Stadium to include a lounge, meeting rooms, lobby, and other spaces. Overall, the new building would consist of 20,000 square feet to be added behind the stands on the first-base side.
“Currently, the players have a fairly small locker room and lounge area,” said Robert Ricketts, the facilities manager for the school’s athletic department, “It really and truly is very small. This would give them a lot more room and modernize what’s there now.”
Ricketts said the school expects those upgrades to cost between $5-7 million, but added it was too early in the process to know with certainty.