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T. Ed Garrison Arena

Nonrecurring request: $10 million

Horseback rider at T. Ed Garrison ArenaThe T. Ed Garrison Arena, near the Clemson campus, provides an exceptional event venue for livestock and equine events that draw participants and spectators from throughout the Southeast and increases the national reputation of South Carolina’s cattle, equine and other agriculture-based industries. The proposed center and facility improvements will attract more events to the arena and provide an excellent meeting and instructional facility and exhibition space that is not currently available in the upstate. This Conference Center will allow Clemson University PSA to recruit regional and national events as well as trade shows in the Horticultural, Small Animal, and Agriculture Equipment Industries, etc. This type of facility will allow us to expand our ability to have educational youth events for 4-H and FFA, and will serve the educational needs of the university as a venue for student-centered events and indoor experiential lab space. Specifically, the requested funds will be used to:

  • $8 million: 30,000 sq. ft. climate controlled conference center and exhibition hall
  • $2 million: 45,000 sq.ft. covered open-air livestock arena and schooling arena