Host of The Tiger Pregame Show on WCCP 104.9 FM
6:00-900 Saturday Morning
Here at midseason in Clemson, there is a great deal of excitement for this Tiger team that is still very much in the hunt for an ACC Championship.
I have always enjoyed my trips to Blacksburg, Virginia. The Hokie fans care about football and they treat Clemson fans well.
We are also excited to host the Hokies this weekend. As most Clemson fans will say, we have a genuine appreciation for what we have at Clemson on a game weekend and we are eager to share that with visitors. I believe this to be even more the case in the post-Texas A&M era where Clemson fans try their best to treat visitors with the type of brotherhood as we were treated in Texas.
So this is a quick (certainly not all-inclusive) look at what I feel are “don’t miss” things about a Clemson weekend that Virginia Tech fans can use as they come into Clemson this weekend. The hope of this blog is that Hokie fans can have a road map of the things to do in Clemson this weekend and that Clemson fans can have a reminder of some of the truly unique things that we have to offer and pass it on via multiple social network sites to put out the word to our visitors.
Tiger Town Tavern http://www.tigertowntavern.com/ is the place to be if you are going to be on College Avenue in the heart of downtown Clemson. There will be a smattering of older folks in TTT, especially before 10:00. After that, it will become Grand Central Station for Clemson students.
If the hustle and bustle of College Avenue and the college kids is not your cup of tea, I’d venture a mile or so down the road towards Death Valley to the World Famous Esso Club http://theessoclub.com/.
You will be in the shadow of Death Valley and with a “more experienced” crowd at the Esso Club. This is Brent Musburger’s favorite place in Clemson, and they honor him on the walls at the bar area.
The first words of advice about a noon kickoff in Clemson is to arrive early. And when I say early, I mean 4 hours prior to the game kind of early. Traffic moving into Clemson for a noon kickoff can become a crawl once you hit the three hour window prior to the game. This is especially true on noon games with visiting teams that bring a lot of fans into the area, which Tech will do Saturday. Hokie fan’s lack of knowledge with the driving routes into Clemson will add to the confusion and expected delays. If you don’t want your pregame festivities to be held in your car sitting in traffic, arrive to your parking area by 8:00 a.m. and then enjoy the rest of your tailgate in a parked spot. All parking lots open at 6:00 a.m.
I would be remiss not to mention our broadcast (Tiger Pregame Show) that will begin airing Saturday at 6:00 a.m. on WCCP 104.9 FM and www.wccpfm.com. We will break down the game and give our predictions during our show, which ends at 9:00 a.m. If you download (for free) the Tune In App for your Droid phone or IPad, you can stream WCCP 104.9 on your drive from Virginia. You should also be able to pick up the station on your radio around Spartanburg, SC.
In terms of parking, the first caution for visitors lucky enough to have a parking pass is to ensure that you know which route to take to get to the space. This information can be found on the parking pass itself, or at www.clemsontigers.com.
Our broadcast location is "From the lawn at Littlejohn”. This is the grass area between Death Valley and Littlejohn Coliseum (our basketball arena). If you are looking to soak in a game day atmosphere, this is the place to be during the radio broadcast. Hundreds of folks will congregate to hear the shows and to take part in cheers, etc. It will remind you of College Game Day on ESPN without the huge crowds. I should also mention that there are public restrooms open behind the radio broadcast areas (if you or your groups prefer to avoid a Port-O-Potty).
Tiger Walk takes place in the West Endzone parking area (Lot 5 on map above). If you want to see the Clemson players and coaches walk into the stadium and welcome them with your Virginia Tech cheers, this is the place to be at 10:00.
At 11:00, the Clemson Tiger Band will prepare for their walk into the stadium beginning at the corner of Fort Hill Street and Calhoun Drive. For those of you parking at the Cherry Road area lot, this will mark a good point for you to come into the stadium by following Tiger Band down to Death Valley. The band walks down Fort Hill Street, around the Scroll Of Honor Memorial, under the North Stands overhang, and into the stadium in the West Endzone. The color and pageantry of Tiger Band and the playing of Tiger Rag will certainly get you fired up for the game.
In terms of when you should enter the stadium, I would encourage you to enter at least 45 minutes prior to kickoff. Clemson scans tickets upon entry into Death Valley, which is a slightly slower than simpy ripping ticket stubs. Considering this game is a sell out, it is safe to say it will be even slower Saturday. By arriving in the stadium early, you will avoid missing the pregame festivities and, of course, the Tigers running down the hill.
Pre Game-Inside Stadium
After The Game
If you have lower deck tickets for the game on Saturday, you can experience one of the unique Clemson experiences. Clemson allows fans, young and old, to go onto the field after the game. There is a 1 minute delay once the final tick of the clock has gone off. This is in place so coaches of both teams can shake hands and then exit the field quickly. You can enter the field either in the East Endzone (The Hill) or the West Endzone. Clemson players often hang around long enough for fans to get their autographs and/or pictures taken. Most of the time, opposing team’s players will also hang around and sign autographs as well (depending on the coaching staff of the opposing team).
The only guarantee I can give Saturday is a great atmosphere for college football! All of us in Clemson sure hope our Tigers win, but regardless you will find the atmosphere after the game as hospitable as before the game, regardless of the outcome. My advice is to sit tight after the game and don’t be in a hurry to get out of Clemson because there are no “quick” ways out of Clemson on a game day. Clemson fans will remain in parking lots until the sun sets, watching other football games and enjoying their time with friends and family.
I know I speak for all of Clemson Nation when I say…”Welcome To Clemson”. We hope to leave you with a great impression of our game day and we also hope that you leave with a loss!
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