1960's Game Day
(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)
I believe this is a game day at Clemson in 1962. A few clues help narrow down the date, but one major clue that could confirm the actual date.
The clue that I don’t know is the building that is under construction on the left side of the picture. This building is no longer standing, as the Stadium Residence Hall now sits in that location. The Stadium Residence Hall was built in 2002, and the building that sat there prior to 2002 is the building that is under construction in this picture.
If I knew the name of that building under construction, I could probably pin down the actual year of this picture (and maybe even the actual game).
The clues that help narrow down the date are found in various parts of the picture. You can notice the West Stands has been completed in this picture. The date of completion for the West Stands was 1960.
You can also notice the clear contrast of the North Stands above the portals. The original North Stands was only as high as where the portals are today. In 1958, that was expanded on both the North and South Stands, adding 18,000 total seats to Memorial Stadium. In the picture, you can see the color change above the portal with the newer seats.
You can also see in the picture that Littlejohn Coliseum has yet to be constructed. Littlejohn was completed in 1968, with ground being broken in 1966. So we can easily narrow the picture down to between 1960-1966 based on those clues.
Those white buildings you see where the lawn at Littlejohn and Lot 2 sits today were apartments for married students at Clemson in the 1960’s.
Contrary to popular belief, you can see that lights did exist in Death Valley many years ago. If you look closely, you can see the pole with the lights in the picture.
I can’t tell in the picture if that is the Clemson Tiger Band going down Fort Hill Street or if that is a military brigade or company marching to the stadium.
You can also see that the endzone painting on the field says “IPTAY” instead of “Clemson”. This was done for several years in the early 1960’s to promote IPTAY and increase donations to the athletic fund.
One other thing about this picture is unknown to me. The big brick building that sits almost exactly where Littlejohn sits today is a mystery to me. Someone once told me that the building was a sewage treatment facility, but I find that hard to believe considering how far away from the main part of campus that building is. If anyone can shed light on the "unknowns" of this picture, reply on the Tiger Pregame Show Facebook page or to my email below.
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