Lower Fike Field
Lower Fike Field is the rectangular green space directly across Heisman Street from Fike Recreation Center, formerly Fike Fieldhouse. It is bounded on the south by Heisman Street, on the west by Williamson Road, and on the north by the Old Greenville Highway (SC 93). It is used an intramural playing ground, and on home football game weekends for IPTAY parking. Other special events are occasionally held there. Oak trees are along the south and west edges of the space.
In the post-World War II era, temporary barracks were erected on the site. Originally, there was another short road that cut across the east side of the parcel at the base of Tiger Field, the old baseball stadium located on the west end of the historic Riggs Field complex (now the Tennis Center), but this one-block-long street was removed in early 1974. Two volleyball courts are now located on what was the old road alignment. The temporary buildings were removed by the late 1960s.
From the 1970s through to the completion of the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts in 1994, the Tiger Band practice field was located on the west side of Lower Fike Field on a north-south axis. A steel tower for the band director stood on the western edge at the 50-yard line. With the completion of the new performing arts center, the band room moved from West Campus in the basement of the Holtzendorff YMCA to new accommodations in the Brooks Center on East Campus, and to a new dedicated practice field adjacent to Perimeter Road. The band tower was relocated to the new site, but it has since been replaced by a newer, more elaborate tower, dedicated November 28, 2008.
During the 2009 football season, repeated drenching rains on football weekends caused the vehicle traffic to beat areas of Lower Fike into a quagmire, and at the end of the season, the whole northwest corner was completely unusable. Large areas of the field were off-limits to use in early 2010 while grass was regrown on the hard-worn space.