1949 Death Valley
(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)
Today’s photo is from the season opener on September 17th, 1949 at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. The Tigers were hosting Presbyterian, and would go on to win the game 69-7.
The Tigers were embarking on the 1949 season where we would finish 4-4-2 with a 2-2 record in the Southern Conference. Leading the Tigers on the field in 1949 was the legendary Fred Cone.
This photo was taken from the South Stands facing towards the North Stands. Notice the old white scoreboard in the west endzone. You can also note that there is no seating in the west endzone during this era.
You can also see the prefab housing area that is located in the top left of the picture (where Littlejohn Coliseum now sits). I also chuckle a bit when I see this picture because it appears several cars literally pulled up to the bank on the northwest endzone area and parked before heading into the game!
You can also note that the North Stands had not gone through its expansion in this picture. The top of the North Stands in this picture is where the portals are now at Memorial Stadium.
In 1958, 18,000 sideline seats were added (the “above the portals area” of the North and South Stands) and in 1960, 5,658 west end zone seats were added in response to increasing attendance.
The original cedar wood seating was replaced in 1972 by aluminum seats. As attendance continued to skyrocket, an upper deck was added to each side of the stadium.
(Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and you would like to share them, send them to me in an email with as much information about the picture as you can give and I will use it for a future “Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day”).
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