Riggs Field

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Riggs Field
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Location Clemson, South Carolina
Coordinates 34°40′54″N82°50′20″W / 34.68167°N 82.83889°W / 34.68167; -82.83889 Coordinates: 34°40′54″N82°50′20″W / 34.68167°N 82.83889°W / 34.68167; -82.83889
Owner Clemson University
OperatorClemson University
Capacity 6,500
SurfaceGrass
Opened1915
Tenants
Clemson Tigers football (1915–1941)
Clemson Tigers baseball (1916–1969)
Clemson Tigers men's & women's soccer (1980–present)

Riggs Field is a 6,500-capacity soccer-specific stadium located in Clemson, South Carolina. The stadium is home to the Clemson Tigers men's and women's soccer teams. It has also hosted the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship in 1987. The stadium opened for soccer in 1980, and was renovated in 1987, and again in 2013. Previous to this, it hosted a variety of the school's athletic teams, including the football team from 1915 until 1941 and the baseball team from 1916 until 1969. It is named after Walter Riggs, the former coach of the football team and president of Clemson (1910–1924). [1] Riggs Field is the fifth oldest collegiate athletic facility in the nation. [2]

Soccer-specific stadium Type of sports stadium

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Clemson Tigers intercollegiate sports teams of Clemson University

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As first laid out in 1915, the football field, surrounded by a cinder track was at the east end of Riggs Field, tennis courts were in the center section, and the baseball diamond was at the west end of the space. A new baseball field was later laid out on an area of campus separate from the previous sports complex, and expanded tennis facilities replaced the former diamond. Riggs Field now generally only refers to the eastern portion where the football team played until 1941. The cinder track was eliminated during the remodeling as a soccer venue. It is now referred to as "Historic Riggs Field".

Dedication

On October 2, 1915, The Gala Day was declared for the dedication of the new athletic grounds. [3] Riggs Field was dedicated prior to the football game with Davidson College. A parade to the field formed in front of the main building at 3 p.m. led, in this order, by the Cadet Band, speakers, Athletic Council, Alumni, faculty, and the Corps of Cadets. "Upon entering Riggs Field, the body took a 'C' formation and poured forth a thrilling volume of patriotic Tiger yells and songs." [4] Presentation of the field to the Corps of Cadets by Dr. Walter Merritt Riggs followed. Prof. J. W. Gantt, President of the Athletic Association, introduced Dr. Riggs as "the man who has done more for the athletics at Clemson and probably more for Southern athletics than any other man." "In presentig [sic] the field to the corps of cadets, Dr. Riggs said in part; 'This magnificent field is a token of recognition by the Trustees of Clemson College of the importance of military and athletic training for the cadets. It is to be a place for the teaching of the principles of team work and fair play. On the crest of the hill stands the main Building which represents the intellectual side of life. In the immediate fore-ground we see the Textile Building. Here the brain and hand are trained to work together. Just to our left is the magnificent new Y. M. C. A. Building, standing for the development of spirit, mind, and body. In the immediate vicinity back of us are the churches, which are agents in the influencing of our spiritual natures. This large and beautiful athletic field is to stand for the development of the physical man, and, whether in real work or in play it is hoped that this field will be used as an agency in the developing of high and honorable men.'" [5] Prof. Gantt introduces Mr. H. C. Tillman, Class of 1903 and President of the Clemson Alumni Association, who then christens the new playing field. Stated Tillman, "Students who have been and are to be, no matter how much we love other things, we love our athletic field best. Therefore, this field should be named for him who has done most for our athletics. Dr. Riggs is not only the father of athletics at Clemson but has coached our teams. It is not alone for gratitude, but for a sense of love and esteem that we name this field. May it bring victory to the Tigers' lair, and may it be represented by the honor and spirit Dr. Riggs has always shown. In the name of all students and lovers of Clemson, I christen this Field Riggs Field." A few minutes later, Dr. Riggs makes the initial kick-off in the first football game to be played on the new field. Clemson and Davidson play to a 6-6 tie. Informal dance given by the Thalian Club in the gymnasium, in honor of the Davidson football team, 9 p.m.-11:45 p.m. [6] [7]

Stadium named

In early September 2011, the stadium surrounding Riggs Field was named Ibrahim Stadium after the late Dr. I.M Ibrahim, who started Clemson's men's soccer program in 1967 and led the team to national titles in 1984 and 1987. [8]

2013 Renovations

In 2013, Riggs Field underwent a second round of renovations. Stands were constructed to replace bleachers on the north side of the stadium. Additionally, a new entrance was constructed on this side of the stadium and pedestrian improvements were installed along the north side between the stadium and highway SC 93. A memorial to Walter Riggs was constructed at the new entrance on the north side. Renovations were completed in time for the 2013 soccer season. [9]

100th anniversary celebration

On October 2, 2015, Clemson University celebrated Riggs Field's 100th anniversary. The Clemson University men's and women's soccer teams both played vs Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, respectively. Special promotions included a museum in the nearby indoor track to display artifacts and photos from Riggs Field's history, 2000 commemorative scarves to celebrate the occasion, and one uniform was given away during the women's game. [10]

Riggs Field in pop culture

The original configuration of the track and former football stadium, sans bleachers, was featured in a long scene in the latter portion of the 1974 Burt Lancaster movie The Midnight Man, filmed in part at Clemson University in 1973.

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2015 Clemson Tigers mens soccer team

The 2015 Clemson Tigers men's soccer team represents Clemson University during the 2015 NCAA Division I men's soccer season. The Tigers are led by head coach Mike Noonan, in his sixth season. They play home games at Riggs Field. Riggs Field celebrated its 100-year anniversary this year, in October. This is team's 55th season playing organized men's college soccer and their 28th playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

2017 Clemson Tigers mens soccer team

The 2017 Clemson Tigers men's soccer team represents Clemson University during the 2017 NCAA Division I men's soccer season. The Tigers were led by head coach Mike Noonan, in his eighth season. They play home games at Riggs Field. This was the team's 57th season playing organized men's college soccer and their 30th playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers finished with a record of 12–6–1 and an ACC record of 4–4–0. The Tigers lost in the Semifinals of the ACC tournament to eventual champions Wake Forest. They were selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth year in a row. However, they lost to Coastal Carolina in the second round.

2018 Clemson Tigers mens soccer team

The 2018 Clemson Tigers men's soccer team represented Clemson University during the 2018 NCAA Division I men's soccer season. The Tigers were led by head coach Mike Noonan, in his ninth season. They played home games at Riggs Field. This was the team's 58th season playing organized men's college soccer and their 31st playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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The 2019 Clemson Tigers football team represents the Clemson University during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers are led by head coach Dabo Swinney, in his 11th full year. The Tigers play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina.

2019 Clemson Tigers mens soccer team

The 2019 Clemson Tigers men's soccer team represented Clemson University during the 2019 NCAA Division I men's soccer season. The Tigers were led by head coach Mike Noonan, in his tenth season. They played home games at Riggs Field. This was the team's 59th season playing organized men's college soccer and their 32nd playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

References

  1. Grubb, C. Alan (1988), McKale, Donald M.; Reel, Jerome V (eds.), "The Master Executive: Walter Merritt Riggs 1910-1924", Tradition: A History of the Clemson Presidency, Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, ISBN   0-86554-296-1
  2. "Historic Riggs Field Renovation Update". Clemson Tigers. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  3. The Tiger, Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina, "Weekly Calendar", Tuesday 28 September 1915, Volume XI, Number 2, page 2.
  4. The Tiger, 5 October 1915, Volume XI, Number 3, page 1.
  5. The Tiger, 5 October 1915, page 1.
  6. The Tiger, "Weekly Calendar'", Tuesday 28 September 1915, Volume XI, Number 2, page 2.
  7. The Tiger, "Thalian Club Gives Informal'", Tuesday 5 October 1915, Volume XI, Number 3, page 1.
  8. http://clemsontigers.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/090211aaa.html
  9. "Historic Riggs Field Renovation Update". Clemson Tigers. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  10. "Clemson to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Historic Riggs Field". Clemson Tigers. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
Preceded by
Tacoma Dome
Host of the College Cup
1987
Succeeded by
Bill Armstrong Stadium