November 5, 1998
Clemson, S.C.– Associate Commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tom Mickle, announced Thursday afternoon that Clemson University will play host to Touchdown Thursday Night Tailgate, an event that will feature ESPN College Football anchors, as well as Bill Pinkney and The Original Drifters on Thursday, November 12th in Littlejohn Coliseum. The Touchdown Thursday Night event culminates on Thursday evening as Clemson plays hosts to ACC-rival Georgia Tech in a nationally televised match-up on ESPN at 8:00 PM in Death Valley.
While the game is the focal point, it is the week of activities that makes this event so unique. The Clemson Athletic Department has teamed up with the newly-formed Sport Plus, the Clemson University Sports Marketing Club under the direction of Dr. Greg Pickett, as well as the Clemson University Student Government, ACC, ESPN, and ESPN The Magazine to promote the game and encourage both student and alumni involvement.
The week kicks off on Tuesday, November 10th, with a barbecue from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Esso Club hosted by Sport Plus. The band No Wake will play at the event from 8:00-10:00 PM. On Wednesday night, ESPN Thursday Night anchors Mike Tirico, Todd Blackledge, and Dr. Jerry Punch, as well as ESPN The Magazine executive John Skipper will speak to students at Vickery Hall at 6:30 PM. This will be an interactive forum for students to hear about life at ESPN and ESPN The Magazine, as well as an opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the sports industry. All students are invited to attend.
The night of Thursday, November 12th will be fun for the whole family. The Touchdown Thursday Night Tailgate kicks off in Littlejohn Coliseum at 5:00 p.m. It will feature interactive games, face painting, balloon art, appearances by the ESPN Thursday Night Anchors, music by Bill Pinkney & The Original Drifters, a replay of the Clemson National Championship Game, and contests with ESPN The Magazine. There will be the opportunity to enter for great giveaways, including a trip for two to the ACC Champions bowl game and a trip for two to tour ESPNs headquarters in Bristol. Admission is free and concession stands will be open.
For ticket information for the Clemson-Georgia Tech football game, please call 1-800-CLEMSON.
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