Littlejohn Coliseum is the home of the Clemson Tigers men’s and women’s basketball team. The arena is named after Clemson’s first business major James Cochrane Littlejohn and originally opened in 1966. It seats 9,000 for basketball games and cost $8 million to build.
Since opening, Littlejohn Coliseum has been renovated several times. One of the biggest renovations in the arena’s history took place in 2003. During this renovation, the arena’s square footage was increased from 95,000 sq ft to 167,500 sq ft. The remodel also replaced the roof, seats, and court. More recently, Littlejohn Coliseum underwent a $5.1 million renovation between 2015 and 2016. It added a practice facility to the arena’s southwest corner, built an open air pavilion, and upgraded the arena’s entrance and exterior.
Littlejohn Coliseum has earned a reputation as one of the toughest places in the nation to play over the years. In 1980, the Tigers knocked off #1 ranked Duke in front of a record crowd of 13,863. The Tigers also defeated #1 North Carolina 75-65 at Littlejohn Arena in 2001 and, in 2009 Clemson beat #3 Duke 74-47.