Even with spring practice concluding over the weekend, there is still plenty going on at Clemson. Senior writer Matt Connolly is ready to answer whatever questions you might have. You can submit your question for the “Question of the Day” here. Today’s question is about renovations to Memorial Stadium.
Any update on the East End Zone stadium renovation plans? (I have to imagine COVID has put a big damper on them.)
— Samuel Fleming (@nashman92) March 28, 2021
Clemson approved nearly $70 million worth of renovations to Memorial Stadium about a year and a half ago, but the updates are on hold, according to a Clemson official.
The Clemson Board of Trustees approved a new video board, a new parking lot, locker room renovations, additional premium seating and more in October of 2019.
The project was estimated to cost $68.7 million, and construction was planned to begin this past December. That obviously did not happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The project was initially scheduled to begin after the 2020 season, but that obviously did not take place,” Clemson Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Communications Jeff Kallin told ClemsonSports.com. “As a department, during the time of uncertainty, we turned our focus to safety protocols and planning.”
The new video board was planned to be 7,166 square feet, making it one of the largest in the country.
The renovations would have been the first major upgrade to Memorial Stadium since the addition of the WestZone club in 2006.
It remains to be seen when renovations might be done moving forward or if the entire original plan will be completed.
“We will begin discussions about the best course of action moving forward in the coming months,” Kallin said.
Clemson completed spring practice on Saturday as it ended with the annual Orange vs. White spring game. The White team rallied for a win in the scrimmage.
Clemson opens the 2021 season against Georgia on Sept. 4 in Charlotte.