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Jan 12, 2024

Clemson Opens Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Athlete Recovery Facilities

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson and IPTAY celebrated the completion of its $37-million lakefront facilities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony just over a year after breaking ground on the state-of-the-art project. The new facilities include the first-of-its-kind Athlete Recovery Center, dedicated operations and practice complexes for both Gymnastics and Lacrosse programs, as well as the new Clemson Lacrosse Stadium.

Student-athletes Bella D’Gracia, Ella Little, Rebecca Wells and Lilly Lippeatt spoke at the event along with University President Jim Clements, Director of Athletics Graham Neff, Executive Senior Associate AD Stephanie Ellison-Johnson, and Head Coaches Allison Kwolek and Amy Smith. 

The Gymnastics program and the Lacrosse program have officially moved into their new spaces as they open their 2024 seasons. Gymnastics competes in Littlejohn Coliseum in its inaugural meet at 7 p.m. on Friday. Lacrosse opens its second season on Feb. 10 against Davidson. Season tickets are now available, and unique tailgating packages are available. 

Lacrosse’s new facilities feature a stadium with 1,000 bleacher seats and artificial turf, as well as a 9,000-square-foot operations complex that includes coaches offices, locker rooms, player lounge, nutrition center, team meeting room and an athletic training room. 

With competitions to take place in Littlejohn Coliseum, gymnastics will use its 21,000-square-foot facility for day-to-day operations and practice. Like lacrosse, the gymnastics complex will include a practice gym, offices, locker room, lounge and training room. 

The 10,000-square-foot Athlete Recovery Center (ARC) is a retreat for all student-athletes to engage in both mental and physical wellness practices in an environment that emphasizes recovery and community. The one-of-a-kind space will consistently host programs with the sole focus of further impacting Clemson student-athletes’ holistic development.

Clemson Athletics and IPTAY are committed to providing a world-class student-athlete experience. Through IPTAY and Clemson Athletics, the Her Hear Roar Campaign supplemented funding toward recently completed women’s sports facility investments, including a McWhorter Softball Stadium, the Duckworth Family Tennis Center, Soccer Operations Complex, renovated Littlejohn Coliseum and a new banked track and expansion at the golf facility. 

Those interested in learning more about how to support the Hear Her Roar campaign and naming opportunities within the new facilities can visit this site or reach out to Lauren Gaulin at IPTAY at