Clemson seeking money to expand its Garrison ag arena

An aerial view of the T. Ed Garrison Arena at Clemson University.

PENDLETON, S.C. — Clemson University is asking state lawmakers to provide $3.5 million to expand the Garrison Arena which holds numerous agricultural shows each year.

The Anderson Independent Mail reports the university wants to add 12,000 square feet to the area to allow it to attract meetings and conventions that it cannot now handle.

The plan calls adding meeting rooms and climate-controlled exhibition space.

Arena director Charles Williams says some agricultural groups don’t use the arena because there’s no room for meetings and vendor demonstrations.

Clemson’s vice president for public service and agriculture George Askew says if lawmakers approve the money, the project could be completed in 2017.

If lawmakers don’t provide it all, the university will likely look for other money or scale back the project.

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Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, http://www.andersonsc.com