Facilities get committee approval
CLEMSON -- The planned indoor football practice facility and the project to complete the north-west concourse at Memorial Stadium received final committee approval during a Thursday meeting.
The Clemson facilities will be put up for final board of trustees' approval today.
The facilities are part of a $50 million drive to build and improve athletic facilities throughout campus. If the facilities receive final board approval today, they then must be approved by the state's budget and control board in May. Clemson athletic director
Terry Don Phillips said the indoor practice facility will likely be completed in the spring of 2013.
The indoor football practice facility and the concourse will be completed with private gifts and athletic revenue.
Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has pushed for the 80,000-square-foot indoor facility. Such facilities are part of college football's new facilities arms race. Phillips said Clemson will not be able to punt in the facility, but the Tigers will be able to kick field goals.
The other approved facility, the north-west concourse, came in $800,000 under budget, money which will be used to make further improvements to the project. The concourse will house a training table, or type of mess hall that provides athletes with planned meals. Phillips said the training table will have a "pre-determined menu" designed by a nutritionist.
The fitness of Clemson football players has come under question by a portion of fans in recent years, and the new facility is designed in part to provide better nutrition.