A behind-the-scenes look at Clemson's new football complex
The future of Clemson football is almost here.
The Tigers’ new state-of-the-art football complex, complete with all the bells and whistles, is slated to be completed January 26. The facility is expected to help Clemson in recruiting, as well as in operating day-to-day.
The $55 million complex is more than 140,000 square feet and is highlighted by a players’ lounge that includes a barber shop, arcade, bowling alley and laser tag.
The facility will also include a 24-seat HD theater, an indoor golf simulator and an indoor replica of The Hill and Howard’s Rock.
“This complex will be one of the best in the nation and will allow us to continue our pursuit to be among the best programs in the country,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “We look forward to it being the home of Clemson football for a very long time.”
Other amenities include an outdoor village with basketball, putt putt and seating areas, as well as a training/rehab facility with five pools, a 20,000-square foot weight room, a nutrition center and a nap room.
The nutrition center will have players weigh in, with their weight being sent to their position coach and Swinney so that they can see if a player is at his target weight.
Their diet plan will then be based on their weight. If a player is overweight he will be served a healthy meal specifically designed for him that will be put together by a nutritionist. If he is underweight he will get a meal made to help him add weight, which will include options from a fresh bakery.
The nap room is the favorite feature of Thad Turnipseed, who is Clemson’s director of recruiting and external affairs after Swinney hired him away from Alabama. It will feature eight bunk beds, three massage chairs and bean bags.
“The number one problem is lack of sleep, and right now what guys do all over the country is bring a pillow and go find a staircase or locker or hallway, and they’ll lay down and sleep, especially during two-a-days and really all year long,” Turnipseed said. “The nap room cost very little and is a great benefit.”
Turnipseed believes the facility will allow Clemson to recruit at an even higher level nationally.
“It’s going to widen the pool of players we can pull. We’re always going to recruit Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina like one state and get those guys, but that next part will be further expanded,” he said.
The complex also will keep the Tigers from having to get ready for practice every day at Death Valley before having to take shuttles across the street to the practice fields then shuttles back to the stadium after practice.
Meeting rooms and coaches’ offices also will be in the new facility.
“It’s really going to make us more efficient with our time,” Swinney said. “We come out of our meetings and we’re out on the field. As of now, we’ve got to load them up, 25, 30 minutes because we’ve got to transport everybody, so just the efficiency of everything. We’ll be with them all the time. That part is huge.”
Coming attractions at Clemson
Features of Clemson’s new football operations building:
20,000 square-foot weight room
State-of-the-art locker room facilities
Indoor replica of The Hill and Howard’s Rock
- Players’ Lounge that includes: barber shop, arcade, bowling alley, laser tag, billiards, ping pong and basketball
- 24-seat HD theater
- Indoor golf simulator
- Top training/rehab facility
- 50-person plunge pools inside locker room
- First-of-its-kind recovery/nap rooms
- Nutrition center
- Dining facility
- State-of-the-art position meeting rooms
- First-of-its-kind recruiting war room
- Career Development & Leadership Center