Littlejohn Coliseum

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Littlejohn Coliseum
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Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, before the first official game in the renovated arena, vs Georgia
LocationCentennial Boulevard
Clemson, South Carolina, USA 29631
Coordinates 34°40′49″N82°50′47″W / 34.68028°N 82.84639°W / 34.68028; -82.84639 Coordinates: 34°40′49″N82°50′47″W / 34.68028°N 82.84639°W / 34.68028; -82.84639
OwnerClemson University
OperatorClemson University
Capacity 9,000 (basketball)
8,400 (End Stage 360)
7,559 (End Stage 270)
6,584 (End Stage 230)
5,771 (End Stage 180)
4,375 (Side Stage)
SurfaceHardwood
Construction
Broke groundDecember 13, 1966
OpenedNovember 30, 1968
RenovatedJanuary 5, 2003, October 14, 2016
Construction cost$8,000,000
($57.6 million in 2018 dollars [1] )
ArchitectJ.E. Sirrine Company [2]
HOK Sport (renovation)
Structural engineerGeiger Engineers (new roof for renovation)
General contractorCecil's Inc. [2]
Tenants
Clemson Tigers
(men's and women's Basketball)

The Littlejohn Coliseum, is a 9,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Clemson, South Carolina, United States. It is home to the Clemson University Tigers men's and women's basketball teams. It is also the site of Clemson graduations and the Clemson Career Fair. It is owned and operated by Clemson University and hosts more than 150 events per year including concerts, trade shows, galas, and sporting events.

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Clemson, South Carolina City in South Carolina, United States

Clemson is a city in Pickens and Anderson counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Clemson is home to Clemson University; in 2015, the Princeton Review cited the town of Clemson as ranking #1 in the United States for "town-and-gown" relations with its resident university. The population of the city was 13,905 at the 2010 census.

Clemson University university in South Carolina, United States

Clemson University is a public, land-grant research university in Clemson, South Carolina. Founded in 1889, Clemson is the second-largest university in student population in South Carolina. For the fall 2017 semester, the university enrolled a total of 19,402 undergraduate students and 4,985 graduate students, and the student/faculty ratio was 18:1. Clemson's 1,400 acre campus is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and sits next to Lake Hartwell. The university manages the nearby 17,500 acre Clemson Experimental Forest that is used for research, education, and recreation.

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History

Littlejohn Coliseum was first opened in 1968. [3] It was named for James Corcoran Littlejohn, class of 1908, the school's first business manager, who was instrumental in many of the school's early building projects, including the building it replaced, Clemson Field House, and Memorial Stadium. He was an avid supporter of Clemson athletics.

Memorial Stadium (Clemson) architectural structure

Frank Howard Field at Clemson Memorial Stadium, popularly known as "Death Valley", is home to the Clemson Tigers, an NCAA Division I FBS football team located in Clemson, South Carolina. Built in 1941–1942, the stadium has seen expansions throughout the years, with the most recent being the West Zone, which began in 2004 and was completed in 2006.

Littlejohn Coliseum from the inside (2003-2015 configuration) Littlejohn coliseum.JPG
Littlejohn Coliseum from the inside (2003-2015 configuration)
Littlejohn Coliseum from the outside LittlejohnColiseum-from-Outside.jpg
Littlejohn Coliseum from the outside

The Tigers played their home games in the coliseum, at times giving the ACC powers Duke and North Carolina close games. The record for attendance was 13,863 when Clemson won over first place Duke in overtime on January 9, 1980. Until the 1998 completion of the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, it was the largest arena in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson market.

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North Carolina Tar Heels intercollegiate sports teams of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Littlejohn Coliseum has been the scene of 43 Clemson wins over ranked teams, including a victory over #1 Duke in 1980, a 75-65 victory over #1 North Carolina in 2001, and a 74-47 victory over #3 Duke in 2009.

Both the men's and women's basketball teams have won roughly 75% of their games played in Littlejohn. In January 2010, it hosted ESPN's College Gameday for a game against Duke.

Littlejohn Coliseum was renovated and reopened on January 5, 2003. The overall building square footage was increased from 95,000 to 167,500. The square footage for both the training room and weight room was increased eightfold, while the media facility was increased by 3.5 times. Over 2 million square inches of curtain wall as well as a new 700-ton roof were added. Fan amenities were also renovated, as restrooms were tripled and concessions areas were doubled. The renovations included all new purple cushion seats with orange tiger paws and a new playing floor. The cost of the renovation – $31 million – was approximately ten times that of the original building cost.

As well as sports, in its 50 year history, Littlejohn Coliseum has hosted many concerts by musical groups, including Allman Brothers Band in '71, Chicago, R.E.M. in '87, Def Leppard, Huey Lewis and the News, Fleetwood Mac, David Lee Roth, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice in Chains in '92, 311 in '03, Fall Out Boy with Plain White T's and Young Wild Things Tour in '07, Evanescence on tour in 2012, Kesha Warrior Tour in 2015, and former Clemson football player Lee Brice in 15. It annually hosted FM 93.3 The Planet's "Birthday Bash."

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In 2011, Clemson announced a $50 million athletic building plan. As a part of this plan, Littlejohn Coliseum was renovated. An additional practice facility was built at the southwest corner of Littlejohn Coliseum. Cost for the project was estimated at $5 million. [4] The renovation was completed with an opening ceremony on October 14, 2016. The construction project cost a total of $63.5 million. [5] The renovated studio included the new Swann Pavilion, which includes a 13,000 square foot practice gym, team suites, a film room, weight room and lounges. The renovation also upgraded the stadium entrance, exterior, and added two new LED boards. To fit in the new facilities, the basketball floor was rotated 90 degrees, and the stadium capacity was reduced to 9,000 seats. [6] [7]

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2008–09 Clemson Tigers mens basketball team

The 2008–09 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team represented Clemson University. The head coach was Oliver Purnell. The team played its home games in Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina. All games were produced and broadcast locally by the Clemson Tigers Sports Network.

2009–10 Clemson Tigers mens basketball team

The 2009–10 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team represented Clemson University in the 2009–10 college basketball season. Their head coach was Oliver Purnell. The team played its home games at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina and are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. All games were produced and broadcast locally by the Clemson Tigers Sports Network. The Tigers finished the season 21–11, 9–7 in ACC play. They lost in the first round of the 2010 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament. They received an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning a 7 seed in the East Region, where they lost to 10-seed Missouri in the first round.

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The Clemson Tigers men's basketball teams of 2000–2009 represented Clemson University in NCAA college basketball competition.

2015–16 Clemson Tigers mens basketball team

The 2015–16 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team represented Clemson University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by sixth year head coach Brad Brownell, the Tigers played their home games at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, due to renovations at Littlejohn Coliseum, as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 17–14, 10–8 in ACC play to finish in a tie for seventh place. They lost in the second round of the ACC Tournament to Georgia Tech.

2016–17 Clemson Tigers mens basketball team

The 2016–17 Clemson Tigers men's basketball team represented Clemson University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by sixth-year head coach Brad Brownell, the Tigers played their home games at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina after a one-year of renovation, as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 17–16, 6–12 in ACC play to finish in 12th place. They defeated NC State in the first round of the ACC Tournament to advance to the second round where they lost to Duke. They received an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to Oakland.

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