I do not expect to change the opinions of the posters who are extremely negative about Timmons. However, I am going to give a little background about the building of Timmons. First, I have to say I was there on the night Timmons opened and it was disappointing. I have been back (live in the Atlanta area) and the improvements made four or five years ago made it much better in my opinion.
Back in the early nineties FU and the SC Baptist were in a duel that went on for several years. Fortunately for FU we were able to get rid of the Baptist control but lost the ( 1.5 million I think but it may have been 2 million a year) unrestricted annual gift from them. FU at that time had a very small endowment and much of what was being given to FU annually was restricted gifts.
Unfortunately, they built Bilo and knocked down the brown box. Although, most games we were filling up a third of the seats or less but it worked. However, the Bilo with15,000 seats would have been a disaster and the amount that we would have to pay for each use would not work financially.
That meant that we played two years (I think it was two) in the PAC while trying to raise funds for a venue. Because of the back and forth fight with the Baptist convention enrollment at Furman had dropped to 2,100--2,200 range which put extreme financial pressure on the University. The Timmons family made a lead gift ( I think it was 6 million) and an aggressive fundraising campaign was launched. Although there were many alumni and friends of FU who dug deep (I remember one couple who had a 6-7 year old Chevrolet and had been saving money to buy a new one----they gave that money for the campaign) but unfortunately it was not enough. Therefore, FU had to go to the bankers to try for a loan for the difference. The only way the banks would agree to a loan was for FU agree to a multi function venue. Now some will say that there are other multi function venues that are better and they may be right. However, we got what was built and fortunately improved it some years ago.
I would also point out that prior to Timmons the football team locker rooms and coaches offices were in Alley gym and they were extremely substandar by even most class A high schools. This was a huge move up for the football program and other sports too.