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Clemson University opens new football complex

Clemson University in South Carolina opened its new $55 million Football Operations Complex on February 1.

HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment group designed the complex with GMC serving as the architect of record and DPR as the contractor.

The training facility for the national champion Clemson Tigers will be the country’s largest, most programmatically inclusive football training complex.

Trevor Bechtold, a project designer and associate with HOK, said:

Clemson Football has set the new standard for the student-athlete experience. This project is the most forward-looking, innovative and comprehensive training facility in the nation and is a testament to Clemson’s commitment to excellence.

The design balances Clemson’s focus on football, family and fun through a comfortable, amenity-rich and highly efficient design tailored to the student-athlete.

The 150,000-sq.-ft. training facility includes amenities that allow student-athletes to train, study and unwind without leaving the building.

Features include 1.5 acres of outdoor leisure and entertainment space, state-of-the-art training, weight equipment, technology and hydrotherapy.

Additional amenities include miniature golf, bowling, a movie theatre, gaming lounge, steam room, recovery room, a Gatorade fuel bar, Nike gear room and basketball, volleyball and bocce ball courts.

The building connects the indoor practice facility to outdoor practice fields, consolidating football operations into one complex.

A central player concourse allows users to move efficiently through the building to maximise valuable training time. A slide connecting the concourse to the lobby reinforces head coach Dabo Swinney’s focus on fun.

The facility includes a special spot for the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship trophy. Graphics and interactive displays throughout the facility highlight many other accomplishments in the football program’s storied history.

HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice has expertise in the design of high-performance training facilities, arenas, stadiums, ballparks and recreation centres.

The group plans and designs world-class sports complexes that are the centerpieces of successful, vibrant entertainment districts.

Current and recent projects include Notre Dame’s Campus Crossroads project; Northwestern University’s Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center; Little Caesars Arena in Detroit; Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Philips Arena Renovation in Atlanta; a new concert venue for The Madison Square Garden Company in Las Vegas; the AT&T Center renovation in San Antonio; Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California; and the renovation of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Image courtesy of DPR