Clemson Announces Plan for Women’s Athletic Facilities – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson University Board of Trustees Finance and Facilities Committee reviewed a $27.5 million expansion plan for new and upgraded lakefront lacrosse, gymnastics and rowing facilities. The plans are subject to full Board of Trustee approval on February 2.
Construction would begin later in 2022, upon Phase II approval, with expected completion end of 2023. Clemson last year announced the addition of Women’s Lacrosse and Women’s Gymnastics, which will begin competing in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years, respectively.
“We are very pleased with this commitment from the Board of Trustees, which was approved in committee today,” said Athletics Director Graham Neff. “Clemson Athletics and IPAY are well prepared to provide some of the best gymnastics and lacrosse facilities in the country. We are equally excited about the benefits this will bring to our dynamic rowing program. The experience of our current student-athletes is at the heart of our department, and that commitment also makes Clemson immediately competitive down the recruiting path.”
The stunning new project would overlook Lake Hartwell adjacent to the current rowing facility and create a vibrant area for student athletes. Existing hiking trails in the area will be retained.
The development includes a new lacrosse stadium with bleacher seating and artificial turf, and a 9,000 square foot operations complex with coach offices, locker rooms, player lounge and other amenities.
The gymnastics team, which will compete at the Littlejohn Coliseum, will call a new 21,000 square foot facility a home for daily operations and a full exercise facility. As with lacrosse, the gymnastics complex will include a training hall, offices, locker rooms, a lounge and a training room.
A new 10,000 square foot exercise and recovery facility with dedicated space for exercise science, nutrition, sports medicine, and strength and conditioning will be built to service the three programs alongside their facilities.
Recent investments in women’s sports at Clemson include a McWhorter Softball Stadium, the Duckworth Family Tennis Center, the Soccer Operations Complex, the remodeled Littlejohn Coliseum, and a new walled track and golf course expansion.
Lacrosse head coach Allison Kwolek recently signed Clemson’s first class for fall 2022 enrollment. Clemson will begin identifying the first principal gymnastics coach in the coming months.
Those interested in learning more about how they can support the project can contact Lauren Gaulin of IPTAY at [email protected].
Head Lacrosse Coach Allison Kwolek
“We are beyond excited to see the plans for this new project that will be such a tremendous resource for the lacrosse, rowing and gymnastics student-athletes. Our lacrosse facility will have a unique women’s lacrosse building adjacent to our own practice and game field. The convenience this brings to our student athletes cannot be underestimated. The Sports Performance Facility provides our student-athletes with everything they need to play at the highest level in a beautiful lakefront setting. When I saw the plans, I couldn’t believe the promise Clemson’s government made. I was told about this project when I started here, but I never dreamed it would look like this. I am amazed and look forward to seeing the impact on our program.”