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Like the road to your future, Clemson too is under construction

Jeff Kallin,

These are plans for the new renovations on Memorial Stadium.

The return to campus this spring may have a lot of traffic cones, detours and construction crews. Construction continued over the holiday break on various projects around campus with significant progress being made on the Daniel Hall expansion and demolition efforts in Death Valley.
One of the more exciting projects for Tiger fans, and by far the most visible, has been the removal of the scoreboard in the east endzone of Memorial Stadium.
“The [scoreboard] in the east has been dismantled and several trees have been removed,” said Jeff Kallin, associate director for Clemson Athletics. “There were some medallions honoring the military that have been pulled for safekeeping and will be put back up once the new board goes in.”
The new videoboard is nearly five times the surface area of the previous videoboard, according to Kallin. The demolition in the area has resulted in the closure of Williamson Rd, which was initially planned through Jan. 11.
In addition to the demolition in the east endzone, preparations are underway to begin work on the WestZone Concourse Club. The new club will provide in-stadium seats with a direct view of the hill and the new videoboard, according to the IPTAY website.
Fans will be able to enjoy those early September games in a climate-controlled club lounge, with an all-inclusive pregame buffet and appetizers at halftime, among many other amenities.
A project is also planned to widen Perimeter Road from two lanes to four lanes starting between January and March of this year, as previously reported in The Tiger. The project is expected to be completed in July 2023. Road closures and a change in traffic patterns can be expected between Cherry Road and U.S. Hwy. 76 for the next year into 2023, according to the university.
The East Side Food Court in the Hendrix Student Center will also be renovated in 2022. The dining area will be the location of Clemson’s second Chick-fil-A on campus, as announced during the last Student Senate meeting in the fall. The popular fast food spot will be taking the place of the former Subway. In addition, the P.O.D. Market in Hendrix will be moving to a new location within the building, allowing Panda Express to expand as well.
“All renovation plans are currently in the approval process and are not finalized. The proposed plans for the East Side Food Court allow us to effectively use the space to provide excellent service to our guests,” said Nicole Godfrey, marketing manager for Aramark. “Chick-fil-A is one of the most popular dining locations on campus. Introducing a second location will allow our team to serve customers more efficiently and quickly.”
The campus Subway location was closed due to staffing shortages, according to Godfrey. “The unprecedented nature of the pandemic has created national labor challenges that are unusual in their scale,” she said.

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