Scheduling notes: Clemson-Maine moves to Augusta

Clemson’s Tyler Slaton hits a double during an NCAA college baseball game against West Virginia, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in Clemson, S.C. (The Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

CLEMSON – The show must go on, but Clemson is taking its show on the road to Augusta.

With Doug Kingsmore Stadium unsuitable for baseball amidst freezing temperatures, Clemson and Maine will conduct its three-game weekend series at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, Ga., located 120 miles south of Clemson.

Game 1 will be Friday at 11 a.m., and the Tigers and Black Bears will follow with a Saturday doubleheader also beginning at 11 a.m.

“We regret having to move these games away from Clemson,” Clemson associate athletic director Kyle Young said in a statement. “We reached out to numerous locations in South Carolina where more favorable conditions are being forecasted, but many were not playable or were already booked.”

According to a university release, fans with tickets for this weekend’s games will be honored for the games in Augusta, or they may be honored for general admission to any future home game except for Feb. 27 vs. South Carolina. Fans are asked to bring their unused ticket to the ticket booth for exchange on gameday.

Single-game tickets at Lake Olmstead Stadium cost $5 and parking is free. Radio broadcasts will be available on WCCP (105.5 FM) in Clemson and on TigerCast on ClemsonTigers.com.

Previously, Clemson’s scheduled game Wednesday vs. Charleston Southern was postponed to April 8 at 4 p.m.

With just two regular season games remaining at Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson has special events planned for the men’s basketball team’s home stretch.

To accommodate the families of point guard Rod Hall and shooting guard Damarcus Harrison, Senior Day will be recognized Saturday, Feb. 28 at noon against Georgia Tech.

That leaves the Tigers’ last home game, Tuesday, March 3 vs. N.C. State, solely to focus on what could be the final men’s basketball game at the current Littlejohn Coliseum. That game tips off at 9 p.m. on a weekday, but associate athletic director Mike Money said it will be worth it for fans who come out.

“It’s going to be a pretty neat game for fans to attend, from some things we’ll do with videos and have some closing ceremonies at the end of the game,” Money told the Post and Courier. “We’ll have a pretty cool little giveaway. This is going to be a historic game for us in that it closes out this chapter of Littlejohn Coliseum before it completely changes. We encourage fans to check that one out.”

Clemson could be in line to host NIT games as it did last year, and graduation is still to come, so fans won’t be allowed to take home memoirs from the arena, which will undergo a massive renovation with the target re-open date set for the fall of 2016.

Upcoming events for the football team include the start of spring practices on March 2, Pro Timing Day on March 5 and the annual spring scrimmage at Memorial Stadium on April 11.

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