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Clemson Tigers to Play Home Opener in Renovated Stadium

September 5, 2023

Interior of a renovated Clemson University stadium with school branding and Clemson Tigers-themed decor.

Clemson University will kick off its first home football game of the season in a renovated Memorial Stadium. When the Tigers take on Charleston Southern on Sept. 9, they’ll enjoy a renovated locker room and fans will benefit from an updated parking lot that will feature the Brown Family Tiger Walk.

“We love cheering on Clemson—the alma mater of more than 100 of our teammates—and this renovation ensures that the team and coaches have a great experience every time they step inside Memorial Stadium,” said Brasfield & Gorrie Vice President and Division Manager Ben Barfield. Brasfield & Gorrie was the project’s general contractor. The design team included LS3P Associates and AECOM.

The overhaul of the Rogers Family Lot, located directly behind the West End Zone complex, will enhance the Brown Family Tiger Walk experience for the team and fans alike. When the team parades through this area two hours prior to home game kickoff, they’ll travel a path distinguished by pavers, brick and precast columns, and a gateway arch at the entrance. The lot includes upgraded lighting walking areas and green spaces for 365-day use, as well as new landscaping, paving and dedicated spaces for game day restroom trailers. The project includes nearly 120 new trees and other greenspace.

The project also included updates to training, coaching, and officials’ game day spaces. Brasfield  & Gorrie added a center tunnel behind the west end zone to allow players to enter and exit the field for warmups directly from the locker room. Brasfield & Gorrie completed the first phase of Memorial Stadium renovations in 2022. That phase included adding premium seating and club spaces, upgrading the video board, and adding accessible seating. The general contractor is also building the Clemson Women’s Sports Program Expansion and the Alumni and Visitors Center projects.

Brasfield & Gorrie has worked in South Carolina for nearly 40 years and has more than $350 million of projects completed or underway in the Clemson area. The general contractor opened a full-service, brick-and-mortar office in Greenville in 2013 and has worked on nearly 200 projects in South Carolina.

In addition, the firm has extensive experience with football stadiums, including Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama; Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn University; Tiger Stadium at LSU; and others.

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