Clemson plans new video board, more seats as part of $70M in stadium upgrades

The Clemson board of trustees has given initial approval for improvements to the football stadium that will cost up to $70 million.

Once approved, the updates are expected to be completed in time for the 2021 season.

The renovations include a larger video board -- going from 1,625 square feet to 7,166 square feet -- and improved sound and lighting systems.

"The scoreboard was a big thing and very important for us to look at as a next thing inside Memorial Stadium," Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said. "When you do a video board, you get a new sound system and new lighting for inside the stadium, which was also important."

Other plans call for the addition of 2,500 seats in the east side of the lower bowl and building a 240-seat field-level club on the opposite side. The school also plans to expand the football team's locker room by 8,000 square feet and build a new equipment room and training room.

School officials say the cost will be paid by the Clemson athletic department and its booster group.

The project must be approved by several state panels before Clemson board's next vote, most likely next summer.