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November 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Construction Of North Upper Deck 

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Today’s photos are of the North Upper Deck in 1983.

The North Upper Deck height is 13.36 stories and the length is 560 feet. The total cost of the North Upper Deck was $13.5 million.


To illustrate the quality of the investment of the upper deck. The $13.5 million dollar investment is recovered in just 3 years (7 home games per year) in ticket sales. Each game Clemson sells out the North Upper Deck, over $600,000 goes towards Clemson Athletics.

The North Upper Deck is slightly larger than the South Upper Deck. The reason for this is simple. Engineers had more room to build behind the North Upper Deck than they did behind the South Upper Deck (with Cemetery Hill behind the South). This allowed for a slightly higher design, adding a few thousand more seats to the North.


At one time, Clemson promoted Death Valley as having the most sideline seats of any stadium in the nation. I do not know if that is still accurate, but you …

November 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadets On Highway 93 In 1940’s

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Today’s photos are from the late 1940’s and shows Clemson Cadets crossing what is now Highway 93 in Clemson. This is post-WWII Clemson and optimism around the country was very high as the beginning of the "baby boomer" generation was cranking up.

This photo was taken at the old location of the Methodist Church and Cadets would cross the road on their way to the old Post Office (now Mell Hall). Cadets would get their mail before going to the mess hall to eat.

Below is a photo of the same location taken this past Spring.


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November 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Budweiser Clydesdales In Mid 1980’s



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Today’s photo is of the Budweiser Clydesdales on a rainy day inside of Death Valley in the mid 1980’s.

The famous Clydesdales made several appearances at Clemson games in the 1980’s, and I believe this particular day was the 1987 Georgia Game when David Treadwell kicked a game winning field goal in the waning seconds.

The Budweiser Clydesdales are a group of Clydesdale horses used for promotions and commercials by the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company. There are six "hitches" or teams of horses, five that travel around the United States and one that remains in their official home at the company headquarters at the Anheuser-Busch brewery complex in St. Louis, Missouri, where they are housed in a historic brick and stained-glass stable built in 1885.

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November 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Death Valley Sunset In 1983
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Today’s photo is a unique sunset picture taken shortly after the completion of the North Upper Deck.

I can confirm it is just after the construction of the North Upper Deck because you can see that the “Tigers” is not painted on the upper deck seats yet. The North Upper Deck was completed in 1983 and I believe the “Tigers” script was painted in 1984. That would date the picture sometime in the summer of 1983.

A couple of notes regarding expansion of Memorial Stadium through the years: In 1958, 18,000 sideline seats were added to Memorial Stadium 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. The south upper deck (Top Deck South) was added in 1978 and the north upper deck (Top Deck North) in 1983. This put the total capacity …

Tiger Pregame Show To Broadcast From Draught Restaurant and Bar With Clemson Alumni Association

Broadcast Information And Show Location For 198th Tiger Pregame Show! 
Joining With Clemson Alumni Association
Clemson Family Tailgate
2:00-5:00 Saturday From Draught!


The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast our ACC Championship Edition live from the Clemson Family Tailgate at Draught Restaurant and Bar this Saturday from 2:00-5:00!  
Draught is located  in the Shadows Of Bank Of America Stadium and a 5 minute walk to the stadium where Clemson and Miami will play for the ACC Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoffs.

If you need a place to meet up with Clemson fans, this is the event for you, and The Tiger Pregame Show will be right there with you, broadcasting live from 2:00-5:00.  The Tiger Pregame Show is broadcast exclusively by WCCP 105.5 FM, the Flagship Station for Clemson Athletics.

Entry into the event is free!  There will be a cash bar and Draught will be expanding their bar area out into their p…

The 197th Tiger Pregame Show In Photos!

Rivalry Week 2017 turned into another glorious Clemson domination of South Carolina inside of Williams Brice Stadium!

Here are some photos of our 197th Tiger Pregame Show!

Arriving early at Williams Brice Stadium, I was able to get a few photos of the parking lots and football practice facility.





Growing up, I listened to many a Gamecock Football game on the radio.  It was an honor to visit the home radio booth inside of Williams Brice Stadium, where they appropriately recognize the legend, Bob Fulton.





Inside the visiting radio booth, Kelly Gramlich and Ben Milstead look over Williams Brice Stadium.  It was Kelly's first visit to the stadium for a football game.


My view during The Tiger Pregame Show.



Don Munson did his segment with us via phone and stading on the 32 yard line of Williams Brice Stadium.  He would later accpet the challenge and throw a 25 yard pass into the endzone while we were on air!


 Scott and Kelly during a commercial break!


 After the show, and literally standing in th…

November 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Classic Tailgating Car And Fiberglass Tiger

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Today’s photos are of a great looking classic car decked out in Tiger Orange!

The above picture was taken on a fall afternoon in Clemson prior to a football game in the mid 1960’s. The car would show up at almost every home football game, and this picture was taken in the Tillman Hall loop.

If you notice, the car has the number ’42 on the side door panel. I believe the significance of the ’42 is to honor the class of 1942 and their 25th Anniversary of graduation (which would have been in 1967).

Below is a black and white picture taken of the car with member of the class of 1942 standing beside it. Worth notice from this class of students…almost all of them upon graduation would have entered the service and fought in World War II, which we had just entered in December of 1941 (just 4 months before the Class of ’42 graduated). Therefore, this picture may represent a majority of that depleted Class of ’42, many of…

Rivalry Week 2017! November 25th Clemson vs. Carolina Rivalry Historical Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week 2017!

Clemson Dominates Gamecocks In 2016, Prompting The Tag Line "Never Again"


Deshaun Watson three 6 TD passes in his final game at home as a Clemson Tiger as Clemson manhandled the Gamecocks 56-7 in front of 80,000 happy Clemson fans.  


The Clemson defense was dominating, allowing South Carolina only 62 yards of offense in the first half and smothering Gamecock QB Jake Bentley.

It was the largest margin of victory in the rivalry since 1900, when Clemson won 51-0.  

Despite the obvious dominance, Gamecock QB Jake Bentley proclaimed in the post-game press conference that the difference between the two teams was not that great and he vowed that such as loss would be "never again".


Clemson went on to win the National Championship over Alabama in Tampa, Florida, capping a magical season.


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Rivalry Week 2017! November 24th Clemson vs. Carolina Rivalry Historical Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week 2017!

Buchholz Silences Williams Brice Stadium In 2007

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Today’s photos are from a joyous evening in 2007 for Clemson Nation.
On November 24, 2007, Clemson kicker Mark Buchholz hit a 35-yard field goal as time expired to give #21 Clemson a memorable 23-21 victory over Carolina.
The win lifted Clemson coach Tommy Bowden to 7-2 all-time against the Gamecocks and 2-1 against USC coach Steve Spurrier.

The 2007 game is notable as the first in the series with the winning points scored on the game's final play.

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Rivalry Week 2017! November 23rd Clemson vs. Carolina Rivalry Historical Picture Of The Day

Rivalry Week

Rod Gardner In “The Catch, Part II”




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Today’s photos are from what has been appropriately dubbed, “The Catch, Part II”.

Aaron Hunt hit a field goal with under 5 seconds to play to lift the Tigers over South Carolina 16-14. Hunt sent Death Valley into a frenzy, and the Tigers off to the Gator Bowl with their best regular-season record since 1991.

The Tigers looked dead after Thomas Hill, a tight end who had no catches this season, fell on Derek Watson's fumble in the end zone with 59 seconds to go for a 14-13 lead. 

But Woody Dantzler found his favorite receiver, Rod Gardner, for a 50-yard catch to South Carolina's 8 with 10 seconds remaining. It was an act of desperation for Dantzler and Clemson, but the catch would put Clemson into field goal range to set up the drama with Hunt.


The reception would go down in history as “The Catch, Part II”. If you are a South Carolina fan, you probably refer to the play as “The Push Off”.

Either way, i…

Broadcast Notes For 197th Tiger Pregame Show: State Championship 2017!

Broadcast Information And Show Location For Saturday's Tiger Pregame Show! 
"State Championship 2017!"
South Carolina Edition



The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays since 2003, will broadcast live from Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC from 1:30-4:30 on Saturday. The Tiger Pregame Show is broadcast exclusively by WCCP 105.5 FM, the Flagship Station for Clemson Athletics.
The Tiger Tailgate Show With David Stein and William Qualkenbush will broadcast beginning at 4:30 pm.

Scott Rhymer, in his 15th year as Host, will anchor the show along with Kelly Gramlich, in her 2nd year.

The Tiger Pregame Show will tap into the continued emergence of Social Media as part of Clemson fan’s game day expectations, with several segments engaging fans via Twitter (@tigerpregame, @1055TheRoar and @kellygramlich).  

“The State Championship is always one of my favorite days of the year.  You don't want to miss a minute of the day, so tune in as yo…