Clemson Trustees Approve Rebuilding Basketball Arena

7:14 PM, Oct 18, 2013   |    comments
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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson University trustees are starting the ball rolling to rebuild Littlejohn Coliseum in time for the 2016-17 basketball season.

The trustees gave pre-concept approval for the project on Friday, meaning the athletic department and boosters can commission further studies and start fund-raising.

Athletic director Dan Radakovich says rebuilding Littlejohn will cost between $60 million and $80 million. Early financial projections for a new arena were as much as $120 million.

Radakovich said If plans remain on track the men's and women's basketball teams would play off campus during the 2015-16 season. Radakovich said the teams would likely play at a Greenville arena.

Two projects received final approval Friday. Trustees passed plans for an addition to baseball's Doug Kingsmore Stadium and the third phase of football's Memorial Stadium WestZone area.

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